If recruiting doesn’t meet the needs then expect a push for a draft no matter what the candidates say today:
Compounding the difficulty of recruiting, Nunes said, is the fact that seven out of 10 people who walk through the front door of a recruiting office aren’t qualified for the military, for reasons ranging from criminal history to an inappropriate tattoo. The goal is to enlist at least one of the remaining three.Who knows which tattoos are inappropriate enough to keep you out? Seems this might be useful information to a lot folks in case a draft does come around.
Colleges are the competition
Update: Mark Kleiman posts Yes, Virginia, there could be a draft.