Alright...I may be stepping on toes here, but I am curious of your thoughts.
The United States military now maintains a force of around 1.4 million active duty personnel. In times of relative peace, this is sufficient to protect U.S. interests at home and abroad. If needed, the United states may institute the draft. (keep in mind it is mandatory for all males to register with SSS(Selective Service System) at the age of 18).
As the Mom of two Airman, I prefer an all-volunteer military. If there is such a thing as 'peace of mind' when your child serves our country...I find a calm in the notion my sons are surrounded by others who have chosen to serve.
This being said, some countries such as Denmark have a mandatory Army service of 4 months at the age of 18 and Singapore has a mandatory service period of twenty-four months at the age of 18. Should the United States consider Conscription for the sole purpose of national service. More and more high schools are requiring community service credit hours in order to graduate. Isn't serving our nation a form of community service? Upon completion of high school, if a young man (and woman????)were to spend 2 years in the Reserves or National Guard, would we grow to be a stronger nation? Would our young people take more pride in defending our nation?