Former Sec. Miller Talks about Return of the Draft; Trump Denies the Idea

June 12, 2024

Former Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller “is among a cluster of influential former administration officials and GOP lawmakers who have mused aloud about a national service mandate and other measures to remedy what they see as a ‘crisis’ facing the all-volunteer military,” The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Miller led the Pentagon in the final weeks of the Trump administration and is frequently mentioned as a frontrunner for the job again if Trump wins re-election.

Miller also wants military recruiters to have more access to high schools. Mandatory service would be a “rite of passage,” Miller told the Post.

“It reinforces the bonds of civility,” Miller said. “Why wouldn’t we give that a try?”

Trump Shoots It Down

But after the Post published its article, Trump posted on his social media site, Truth Social, that the idea was “ridiculous” and called the story an attack.

“I never even thought of that idea,” Trump wrote.

DOD photo by Lisa Ferdinando

June 12, 2024

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