Senator Ben Nelson Says Draft Is Not the Answer

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Democratic Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska disagrees with his Republican counterpart on the issue of the military draft.

Nelson says increasing incentives for soldiers to stay in the military and more support from allies is the answer to meeting the nation's military needs abroad.

Republican Chuck Hagel has called for consideration of a military draft, or developing mandatory government service to fill out the nation's strained military forces around the world.

Nelson's office said a draft could put an immense strain on the nation's military budget.

Nelson spokesman David DiMartino says it costs up to $100,000 to train one soldier.

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