Accession Number:

ADA543042

Title:

Conscription in the Afghan Army. Compulsory Service Versus an All Volunteer Force

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA

Report Date:

2011-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

63.0

Abstract:

This paper explores the trade-offs of conscription versus an all volunteer force in Afghanistan. The main question is whether instituting conscription in the Afghan army is advisable or not. The Afghan military today is an all volunteer force. This study concludes that conscription is not the best option for Afghanistan. Manpower needs do not require it, and the Afghan government lacks sufficient capacity and legitimacy to implement it effectively. It is highly likely that a draft would further divide the country and alienate the population in the very areas where the insurgency is strongest. Conscription would vitiate the effectiveness of the army while yielding few rewards. A professional, all volunteer force is better suited to Afghanistans unique conditions. A professional army will be necessary to defeat the insurgency and stabilize the country, which is the armys most important mission. A capable, cohesive, and professional army is vital for the continued viability of Afghanistans national government.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE