Why I believe that America should bring back the draft | Emmanuel Bernadin | TEDxHerndon

  • Published on Jul 5, 2016
  • Emmanuel talks about his experience joining the military, as well as, his experience coming home from war. The stories of so many veterans demand our attention. Our veterans deserve better.
    Emmanuel Bernadin served his country from July 2007- July 2013 as an enlisted member of the United States Navy. His tours of duty included embedded deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Emmanuel is currently employed at Lockheed Martin as a Software Engineer where he supports the F-35 Lightning II program and is continuously afforded opportunities to speak on veterans issues and represent the veteran community.

    Some of Emmanuel’s most honorable mentions and awards include being featured in “When War Comes Home” a documentary film portraying some of the challenges veterans face after returning home from war. He has been awarded 2 Army Commendation Medals and a Meritorious Unit Service Medal . Emmanuel’s favorite words to live by are “Because Emmanuel Lives I Expect Victory Everyday!”
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx

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  • k k
    k k 12 days ago

    hits deep

  • schoocg
    schoocg 25 days ago


  • 57deuceGaming !!
    57deuceGaming !! 29 days ago

    Dont even have to watch this I agreed upon reading the title lol

  • TheToxicNoodle
    TheToxicNoodle Month ago

    In America, when you turn 18, you have to sign with the military telling them you’re 18 so when there’s a draft, you legally have to go to war. And you also legally have to sign

  • Diegoskiii
    Diegoskiii Month ago

    kinda made me feel guilty for enjoying my freedom xd

  • Kohn Bonn
    Kohn Bonn 2 months ago

    This country would be a lot more unified if everyone had to do atleast a year or 2 in the military. As far as I feel it should be mandatory bottom line. Especially for leadership roles like president. How can you command the greatest army in the world when you never even been to basic. When you serve in the military you become a part of something that is much greater than you can ever imagine. Everyone would have a common experience connecting them and anyone who ever served knows the bond and purpose I'm talking about.

  • Andrew Heffel
    Andrew Heffel 2 months ago

    Good speaker. I have a lot of respect for men like him who willingly risk their lives to protect us. And we do have an obligation to take care of our vets when they need our help.

  • James Dean
    James Dean 3 months ago

    Can't hear him

  • DezNutzBich es
    DezNutzBich es 3 months ago

    Why wasn't Donald Trump drafted? Oh wait...he had daddy pull a few strings for him. While you poor motherfuckers and misguided souls happily go fight in wars created by the rich, the rich rake in the $$$ while many of you "proudly" serve and die just to show your patriotism. After coming back from war broken and destroyed and being called "heroes" to make yourselves feel a little bit better despite dying in the inside, they "reward" you by slowly cutting funds for vets while trying to pour money into building a wall. Sorry, but not falling for that. Do continue to fight a rich man's war though. Makes indoctrination easier and draft less likely if they have tons of motherfuckers like yalls jumping head first into a meat grinder.

  • George
    George 3 months ago

    I think they should mandate that all men should serve 2 years in the military and leave it voluntary for women.

  • Ryan Nagle
    Ryan Nagle 3 months ago

    Dude was amazing

  • LD
    LD 4 months ago

    That dog is awesome

  • Philip Buckley
    Philip Buckley 4 months ago

    you have to hit the ground running....way too slow...

  • ufoul
    ufoul 4 months ago

    the guy is dead now btw

  • Logan Brasfield
    Logan Brasfield 4 months ago

    I want to serve the military as the Air Force Meteorologist.

  • Joel Middaugh
    Joel Middaugh 4 months ago

    Spoiler alert: the title is clickbaity AF.

  • Edgardo Carrillo Cabrera

    The best of the best, thank you.

  • Sam Bradley
    Sam Bradley 5 months ago

    Maybe we should have a DACA program that helps people from other countries that fight for the country they wish to live in.

  • Sam Bradley
    Sam Bradley 5 months ago

    We tend to give everything to illegal aliens than we do our brave warriors.

  • Sam Bradley
    Sam Bradley 5 months ago +1

    Thanks to Richard Nixon, no young person has to be drafted, although we have registration.

  • Sam Bradley
    Sam Bradley 5 months ago

    The Draft was considered unfair & allowed too many deferments to those who could afford it.

  • Sam Bradley
    Sam Bradley 5 months ago +1

    Those who volunteer are far better warriors than those who were drafted. Many of those who served were enlisted men, only a small percentage were actually drafted.

  • Sam Bradley
    Sam Bradley 5 months ago

    I don't know if that's a good idea. We should, however, have some form of National service that would allow young people to contribute to the prosperity & security of our country, & let them be a part of something bigger than themselves.

  • Rob styles
    Rob styles 5 months ago

    If we all had to go to war zones we would have less wars........

  • Samuel Thomoson
    Samuel Thomoson 5 months ago

    He has a great smile

  • Dave
    Dave 5 months ago +1

    Bring it back, after 1 tour of duty you get free college, any college your choice, 3rd tour you get a piece of land, federal land plus 60 grand towards a home, you do 20 years and retire its free private healthcare and taxes reduced to 1/3 forever, how to pay for all this? Take 5% of the pentagons bloated budget since it will go to waste anyways, abolish the VA and take its funding pay it dirctly to a veterans fund and each state and united states senator and representative whi does not have a son/daughter serving gets 30% of their pay deducted towards a vet.....you wanna send clueless fucks to war then its going to cost you, big time, also 40 lashes for all the assholes who dodged the draft......no pardons.

  • Smokingun Studios
    Smokingun Studios 5 months ago

    I’m gonna send this to my JROTC buddy’s

  • Charlos
    Charlos 6 months ago

    Hope for peace, prepare for war.

  • Joseph Mills
    Joseph Mills 6 months ago

    I saw a lot of comments saying “wrong title”, and you’re not wrong, but I think he chose that title to make it more ‘clickbate’, so more people watch and get to see what will happen if the system isn’t fixed.

  • Jason Whitehead
    Jason Whitehead 6 months ago

    I have incredible respect and admiration for anyone who has served there country/people in times of war (I have not). I am from Canada and have many family members who have served and dedicated thier life to their country, even thoe I do not know the commitment it takes.
    I wanted to say this before I say my thoughts because I have the ut-most respect for any and all who is willing to lose there life for my-self and my family. (Thank You, God Bless).
    However hearing this talk sounds very arcadic to me. How the **** are we not past this yet? We need to attack *said country* why? Said country needs to attack us. Why? Yes I agree a utopian will always have a sour apple... that is people.
    Lets put this bigger. Mars, Saturn, the Moon and Pluto (Yeah That Pluto )(p.s. f.u.a.h's who decommisoned Pluto) and ours truly, Planet Earth.
    Mars and Saturn just declared war on Earth! Shocks the Galaxies as seen in these recent photos... lieutenant of Saturn and Head Honcho of Mars, dominant leaders were last seen describing Earth as an alley (to some known as the lowest form of a marble!!! WTF!!!!) and having a grand ol time' chuckling it up.
    Watching Earth from above, it seems they are scrambling their forces from their (marble).
    After multiple light rock attacks from saturn, mars sends off a multitude of flurries of rock storms towards Earth.
    Ladies and Gentleman, Earth has always been one of my top teams... but it seems there is just no coordination, no team work, quite honestly it seems like they want to kill each other.
    The Flurries of rocks seemingly destroying countless areas of much needed parts of the earthland...
    I dont know... I just now did a bunch of google searches, and im still not 100% sure. I have always thought any border line has always been well fought for... Im not sure how all usa state lines were made (all war?). Even canadian Provinces. Inner country battles back in the day? (I will have to start researching) However im Optimistic it is still battle times- or a glorie, storie. Im no expert at such things ( ha ) ... but i like to know ... i like to think... i like to challenge... i like to be challenged... I really hope I got my point acrossed.. ugg lol, i keep it short...

  • Thomas Pedersen
    Thomas Pedersen 6 months ago

    He salutes as perfectly as I did forty years ago.

  • Clint Eastman
    Clint Eastman 6 months ago

    I had the privilege and honour to serve my country - Canada for 26 yrs. My family has served Canada for 150 yrs even though we didn't have the same "Rights & Privileges" as other Canadians because we're " Aboriginal Peoples" I have been asked over the years " How could you serve a country that treats you like second class citizens , my response was "Because it will get better and I love my country even though it's not perfect just like any other family, we're not perfect and we still love our families"

  • Julia Coombs
    Julia Coombs 6 months ago

    From: "Not My Real Name". I am a recently (2013) medically released Soldier from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)/military (who just served 34 1/2 yrs of svc), & unfortunately (like the USA) we Canadian Soldiers face almost the same negativity our American Brother & Sister Veterans face. Our current Prime Minister (PM Trudeau), during our last Federal Election promised to bring back our 'full' medical pensions (as in 2006, our 'full' medical pensions were greatly reduced). Yet when elected our PM Trudeau told us Veterans he could not bring back our 'full' medical pensions during this Term, as it was too difficult to do. But PM Trudeau went out to say that if we voted for him in our next Federal Election, he would (for sure) bring back our 'full' medical pensions. Basically, as I understand it, PM Trudeau (as I heard it) was saying that my Government could not do such a difficult thing as bringing back our full medical pensions, while conducting other Governmental business (i.e., that a Government could not do 2 difficult things at once). From this Veteran's perspective, I was (within 10 minutes) able to provide three Courses of Actions (COAs) (i.e., 3 different alternatives), to solve Canada's Veteran Medical Pension... so that us Veterans once again received our 'full' medical pensions). As a result of medically released Canadian Veterans not receiving (what was promised to them, if they were hurt in svc to our Country), Canada now as a substantial Veteran homeless population (that could be 'fixed', if (as I see it) our full medical pensions were restored to us)). We Veterans DO NOT WANT ANY EXTRAS, &/or any special treatment, WE JUST WANT WHAT WAS PROMISED TO US (as early as WW One)... that our Canadian Government would look after us Veterans... especially if we were wounded in service to our Country. Thus as it stand today, the only persons we Veterans can depend on, is other Veterans... for our Government & Supreme Court surely do not feel that Canada owes any duty of care to it's Veterans. So as stated in the Talk, why would any person want to join such an organization, that fails in such fundamental ways to those who have sworn to defend it? Thoughts?

  • Jeremy Fisher
    Jeremy Fisher 6 months ago

    This was kind of all over the place not the best talk

  • Eric Barnard
    Eric Barnard 6 months ago

    Title is misleading

  • Noah Stockstill
    Noah Stockstill 6 months ago

    The draft is already back. Women have to register too lol

    OFF ROAD 6 months ago

    I disagree no draft the fact that everyone joined on own accord makes the brotherhood to die for each other

  • VietnamNam 7
    VietnamNam 7 6 months ago +1

    Dont bring back the draft, thats when you get people whom dont want to be in the military, people whom are not motivated like a soldier. Let me tell you something there is a profound difference between a soldier and a civilian. Look at Vet Tv. Civilians would not find that funny, at all.

  • Bart Shit head
    Bart Shit head 6 months ago +1

    The Way The Truth The Light we don't need a military . We need Love for all folks

  • Nik Reed
    Nik Reed 6 months ago

    boi left on my sixth birthday

    MICHAEL CISNEROS 6 months ago

    Thank you

  • Toby Bryant
    Toby Bryant 6 months ago

    America does need to bring back the draft.

  • SweetTea Conspiracy
    SweetTea Conspiracy 7 months ago


  • MinoritiesRlazy
    MinoritiesRlazy 7 months ago

    You never hear feminists complaining about how men used to be forced into the military then blown up in other countries.

  • Yoda Parseghian
    Yoda Parseghian 7 months ago

    Service ensures citizenship.

  • Cory Luna
    Cory Luna 7 months ago


  • Laura Stewart
    Laura Stewart 7 months ago

    Hilariously, he works for Lockheed Martin, which would surely collect billions in useless contracts in the event of a universal peacetime draft... conflict of interest much?

  • Josh Truman
    Josh Truman 7 months ago

    i have the same job (detainee ops) in the Army. Not an easy one. Hooah.

  • troll jones
    troll jones 7 months ago

    *Haitian man in the United States army*
    Which of course benefits the states since it is alot easier cannon folder. If you can't get others to go either force them or trick Haitians into going.
    *We made sure our POW Arabs did not threaten our American way of life*
    How would that even work since you were in their Country, You went to a Country with it's own values, it's own People yet you will supposed to make sure they did not ruin the American way of life when you were not in any means in America?
    *When Terrorism strikes who's problem is it*
    Depends on where it is located as some random Terrorism in Sudan or Kenya or alike is not our business.
    *More vets die from suicide then from the modern wars*
    This is because the modern wars are less deadly (for Americans) then there were in the past. This is not Nam were Dozens of Americans came back weekly or biweekly (53k dead total of the war)

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    Wafle -agario and more 7 months ago


  • Double D
    Double D 7 months ago

    Well said my brother. I'm a 1 percenter myself and fully agree. Mad love my brother. Keep up the good fight.

  • chad manfredo
    chad manfredo 7 months ago

    I served for 20 years in the Navy as an MR. Thank you for your service Shipmate.

  • ueez
    ueez 7 months ago

    “29th day of being here on this Earth” 😂

  • Jimmy Beanz
    Jimmy Beanz 7 months ago

    Hopefully this video teaches you not to pause so long in speech’s

  • A regular frontiersmen
    A regular frontiersmen 7 months ago

    Although the title is misleading I agree that we need to take better care of our vets no matter what branch. On the draft based on the Internet and how information is spread easily making war a unsettling thing in peoples eyes there are going to be people who are not real happy of being in the military although I highly recommend recommend joining the military.

  • Jayhob Ackluhammad
    Jayhob Ackluhammad 7 months ago

    0:42 29th day here on this earth

  • Sigtyr
    Sigtyr 7 months ago

    Something doesn't add up here...

  • EyeLean5280
    EyeLean5280 7 months ago

    Not just the draft, universal conscription.

  • Tom Smith
    Tom Smith 8 months ago +1

    And you should be first!

  • Loyis Agnoo
    Loyis Agnoo 8 months ago

    So many dramatic pauses

  • Sheepdog Smokey
    Sheepdog Smokey 8 months ago

    Heinlein was on to something, those who server are "automatic citizens" while everyone else must earn it some other way. Those who serve are those who lead the nation.

  • Sheepdog Smokey
    Sheepdog Smokey 8 months ago

    I don't want "the draft" as in what my Grandfather/Great Uncles, or Father signed up for, and were picked by, I want "100% mandatory service" in some sense, be that Police, Fire, Military, or another form of civil service.

  • Mark
    Mark 8 months ago

    Military draft, maybe not, a national service draft definitely

  • gypsymanjeff 21
    gypsymanjeff 21 8 months ago +1

    Draft ...yes I look around and see that today's youth n young folks can't even wipe their butts let alone make a bed ECT..maybe some good old basic..would give them some life skills ..n just possibly pride in their country..

  • john doe
    john doe 8 months ago

    100% agree that we need to have mandatory military service in the US like they have in South Korea and Israel. People are so separated from their country and take the whole thing for granted to the point they don't want to vote or are even disdainful of the entire nation and local community. Imagine how much more we'd care about what our country was doing and involved in if we all had to serve it for a few years. Plus it would help breed out the bitchiness in us Americans that has become such an epidemic.

  • bjarczyk
    bjarczyk 8 months ago

    No war but class war.

  • Pyar Squared
    Pyar Squared 8 months ago +1

    The best way to fix affairs for veterans is to have a lot fewer veterans. Reduce the military, don't increase it.

    • Pyar Squared
      Pyar Squared 7 months ago +2

      Make the military more efficient and adapted to the 21st century, not just a mass of front line fighters. Besides, even though the US military may be considered the strongest in the world, the US is not considered to be the number one country in the world even now. As well, the US is already becoming more irrelevant for the world regardless of its military and reducing the military won't slow that.

    • Euphorion _
      Euphorion _ 7 months ago +1

      But its military is the only reason, the US is considered to be the number one in the world. Once they reduce it, america soon will become more irrelevant for the world.

    • Emmanuel Bernadin
      Emmanuel Bernadin 8 months ago

      I can certainly see your point. Thank you very much for watching!

  • SYK Klipz
    SYK Klipz 8 months ago

    Very inspirational

  • Jose Lopez
    Jose Lopez 8 months ago

    I thought he was going to talk about reinstating the draft so the children of the rich also have their fair chance at dying for their country.

  • Coherency Gaming
    Coherency Gaming 8 months ago

    Titled incorrectly :|

  • rabbit1989
    rabbit1989 8 months ago +1

    with all respsct to all Americans.
    The USA cannot implement mandatory military service for all the public becuase it does not have enough budgent to implement it and alsp becuasr many people refuse to do it. It only can creat social problems that can creat big problmes like internal conflics/civil wars.

  • rabbit1989
    rabbit1989 8 months ago

    When Its referring on Mandatory Military Service. Is not refering to the draft. It is referring that general public must do mandatory military without the objextion of concience.

  • Carl Spackler
    Carl Spackler 8 months ago +1

    I don't agree with you on conscription but I am proud to be a veteran among people like you.

    • Emmanuel Bernadin
      Emmanuel Bernadin 8 months ago

      There is nothing wrong with agreeing to disagree friend!

  • Juan Burgos
    Juan Burgos 8 months ago +1

    a servant

  • Carl Schoen
    Carl Schoen 8 months ago

    Emmanuel seems to lack the big picture. Thank you for your service, but may I ask you why you think fighting terrorism is so important?

    • Emmanuel Bernadin
      Emmanuel Bernadin 8 months ago

      Carl, first and foremost thank you very much for watching. Secondly if I may ask, what is the "big picture" which you believe it is that I am missing?

  • Huntergirl727
    Huntergirl727 8 months ago

    I'm not sure you made a cohesive point... but thank you for your service.

  • Mo Lester
    Mo Lester 8 months ago

    How many wars have you won without england?

  • Littleman Romero
    Littleman Romero 8 months ago

    I like how 1% of his speech included the word draft.

  • Cowboycomando54
    Cowboycomando54 8 months ago

    What was his rate?

    • Emmanuel Bernadin
      Emmanuel Bernadin 8 months ago +1

      I have several NECs and MOS's. The majority are combat related. My rate in the Navy was an ATI. (to answer your question)

  • not my real name
    not my real name 8 months ago

    Navy boot camp is 3 months?

  • Karbon
    Karbon 9 months ago

    He has the same first name as me down to the exact letter

  • Retro Toy Pile
    Retro Toy Pile 9 months ago

    Anyone not liking this video should ask themselves how useful they really are. Thank you Emmanuel.

  • jack keely
    jack keely 9 months ago

    the dramatic pauses were so pointless, this could have been a 4 minutes video..

  • Unknowb Unknown
    Unknowb Unknown 9 months ago

    Says the guy that that wasnt in combat

  • NaturalMedia
    NaturalMedia 9 months ago

    Did anybody else think this was Gary Rogers from the thumbnail?

  • Jennifer Rissetti
    Jennifer Rissetti 9 months ago

    he reminds me of knuckles...

  • Cody Loomis
    Cody Loomis 9 months ago

    Mistitled video but dam good speech

  • Blue In red
    Blue In red 9 months ago


  • Atreus Son of Hippodamia

    I don't care if I'm drafted or not I want to join the military

  • IstharOswell
    IstharOswell 9 months ago

    A title like this and he is Haitian?! He can't know his history. Only indoctrination.

  • Robert Kramarek
    Robert Kramarek 9 months ago

    God bless this young man !

  • Renee Andrew-Lewis
    Renee Andrew-Lewis 9 months ago

    It was an honor to meet you Emmanuel! Thank you for sharing your story and thank you for your service to our country.

  • Aesthetic

    I'm a veteran, and this is the worst Ted Talks I've ever seen. This kid is milking the system.

  • Bret .Maverick
    Bret .Maverick 9 months ago

    He is a horrible speaker.

  • amiracle
    amiracle 9 months ago

    I cant listen to a man talk about how humble he is from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Those two wars decimated strong economies and left a lot of people angry. Similar to Vietnam. All for “weapons of mass destruction.”

  • Cube Head
    Cube Head 9 months ago

    11:00 they should've just pressed f

  • Daniel Shockey
    Daniel Shockey 10 months ago +1

    Enslaving people to die for you is immoral and will not solve anything.

  • Jonathan Hilliard
    Jonathan Hilliard 10 months ago

    He said "If we can't fix those negative statistics, then we have a draft." That's the message. It seems that he thinks we should try to fix the statistics before we attempt a draft.

  • Cevan Triplett
    Cevan Triplett 10 months ago

    This is not an "Idea worth sharing"

  • D. Samuels
    D. Samuels 10 months ago +1

    We (America) started a bogus and unwarranted war in Iraq AND Afghanistan, and the solution is to have more people join so that even more young people can die in the next bogus war? Sorry, but this young man has drank the American perpetual war Kool-Aide....We had a draft before, it was Viet-something or other. How did that draft turn out for America, and the draftees?