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How can the U.S. military solve its recruiting crisis?

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In an effort to address recruitment shortages for most U.S. military services, Congress is considering a pair of proposals to expand the military draft. One provision would automatically register young men for Selective Service, rather than asking them to do it themselves. The other would also make women eligible for the draft.

The odds of either of these changes becoming law, particularly adding women to the draft, appear slim. But the fact that they’re on the table at all speaks to the deep concerns in Washington about the military’s ongoing recruitment struggles, which has led some experts to question the sustainability of the U.S. armed forces.

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