The Meaning of Public Service
Chris and Melanie sit down with Mark Cancian of CSIS to discuss the final report of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service. They discuss what public service is, what role the government should play in encouraging it, and how COVID-19 and the response to it might affect what opportunities people see for service. Looking at military service specifically, they consider possible reforms to the Selective Service System and take up the commission’s recommendation that women be required to register for the draft. Finally, Chris is making progress on a new book, Mark applauds the president for talking about COVID-19 and risks we may have to learn to deal with, and Melanie is grateful for the spontaneous public service we see from so many people during this difficult time.
- “Most Women Oppose Having to Register for the Draft,” Rasmussen Reports, February 10, 2016
- Christopher Preble, “Don’t Make Women Register for the Draft. Just End Draft Registration for Everyone,” Washington Post, February 5, 2016
- “Poll: Include Women in U.S. Military Drafts,” Sachs Media Group, June 21, 2013