James "Kimo"Rosen is a retired Professional
Photographer living on theGarden island
of Kaua'i with his best friend Obama Da Dog.
Kimo's World #78
Giving back to my country
In the event of a national emergency I need to be prepared to implement an Alternative Service Program for registrants classified as conscientious objectors.
What happens should the military draft be reinstated some day? If the military draft is ever reinstated I am prepared along with 11,000 other US citizens whom volunteer to hear and listen as to why a potential draftee considered a conscientious objector should have to serve or be deferred.
I represent my zip code of 96746. Every Zip code in our country has a local board.My zip code represents Region 3 which is responsible for more than half of the geographic area of the United States,
Board members undergo an initial 8-hour training session and then participate in annual training in which they review sample cases similar to real-life situations.
I originally volunteered and got accepted because it meant one free round trip to Honolulu every year to go over the material we need to know and keep our skills sharp even though we currently have an all volunteer military. However in 2008 when the recession hit hard the trips were cancelled in lieu of a once a year home study by DVD.
Ever since 1976 there has been an all volunteer military in the US. This means only a small portion of the population serves their country. During prior wars like Vietnam, Korea and the World wars there was a draft which got everyone involved. Nowadays the only people involved are those who volunteer and since the numbers are down many enlisted serve multiple deployments.
Some say a draft system is better, it get's the whole country interested and involved since everyone over 18 can potentially be drafted, rich and poor are both involved. Now a good part of the population doesn't even know why or where we're fighting.
|This famous poster|
was used to recruit
soldiers for both World
War I and World War II.
I believe a military draft will come back in the near future. I believe the draft makes for a more patriotic country. Young, old, rich and poor are all involved whereas with an volunteer army it's mainly poor people whom want future benefits.
Imagine a time comes when people stop enlisting or we are in a major war and need millions more to help? This is why every adult male at the age of 18 is required to register for the draft even during volunteer times.
My job should there ever be a draft is to determine if conscientious objectors should get out of serving after we hear them out and they submit the appropriate paper work.
I came very close to serving my country as a young man. I had actually gone through all the procedures, physical, written test, talking to a recruiter. I had passed everything and was about to walk into the oath room when my father came running in from his nearby office and asked the Sergeant in charge if I could put serving off for a few months..The sergeant said "as long as you son has not taken the oath he is not officially in the army.
|Another famous army poster|
I still wonder what would had been if my father had got stuck in traffic that day. I missed the opportunity to serve back in 1974. I have always wanted to be part of the military and being a selective service board member has made it possible for me to give back to my country.
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