It's a wonder we ever won World War II with all those draftees that didn't want to be there, isn't it? ;)
Different age. Fewer men were such gutless wimps, desperate to make any compromise to cling to their life and fighting was less complex. There was also much more cohesion in society, such that to not go to war would have stigmatized you as something of a coward. Nowadays, most European metrosexuals would run for the hills and their mothers, sisters and fathers would be on protest marches. Better Red (or any other color) than dead, is the mindset of this generation.
I could not see the Roman hierarchy supporting a war under any circumstances today. Even if Iran threw its entire arsenal at Israel I honestly could not see the Vatican backing an Israeli response. They're hand-wringing wimps.
He's a perfect candidate to work in the general's staff 1000 miles from the front line.
Only if he scores higher at that than he does at hitting a bulls-eye at 500 meters 90 times out of 100. If he's better at being an infantryman, then he's an infantryman.
So Daddy sends a text message to Jr's mobile and tells him to shoot to the left, and then calls Major Smith who was his buddy at Yale or Sandhurst, strings are pulled. There is no such thing as a universal draft for the simple reason that richer and more connected men who don't believe in an afterlife, don't want their sons posted back in bits from a war. If you don't believe in something higher than your life then going to war and risking death or serious injury is crackers.
Having not aborted Junior 23 years ago and spent $700,000 on his education, why would Daddy want him dead?
A universal draft can only work in a country not rife with corruption and you only have to look at Iraq and Afghanistan today to realize how corrupt the business of modern warfare is. Private contractors being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to "protect" senior military personnel in Iraq when professional soldiers are making FAR less. $120 paid for each bag of laundry.
Universal Draft? Pull the other one (it has bells on it).