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Congressman Proposes to Bring Back Draft

By: Sabrina Wu
By: Sabrina Wu

Thirty percent of the soldiers that could be heading off to war are minorities. One U.S. congressman says that's an unfair representation of the U.S. population, so he wants to bring back the draft.

Congressman Charles Rangel (D-New York) says the draft aims to make it clear that if the U.S. goes to war, there will be an equal representation of races and income levels making sacrifices. The U.S. has not had a draft since the end of the Vietnam War.

A professor of History and Peace studies at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point says he doesn't think it will go over any better now than it did then.

"I think you've got a professional military that does not want a draft, and I think you have a lot of ordinary people that don't want to see their sons or daughters in harm's way," Rangel said.

Rangel says the bill may make the U.S. think twice about rushing into a war.