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

  • Опубликовано: 5 июл 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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  • LD
    LD 10 дней назад

    That dog is awesome

  • Philip Buckley
    Philip Buckley 16 дней назад

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

  • Ufoul
    Ufoul 22 дня назад

    the guy is dead now btw

  • West Tennesee Storm Chasers
    West Tennesee Storm Chasers 27 дней назад

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

  • Joel Middaugh
    Joel Middaugh Месяц назад

    Spoiler alert: the title is clickbaity AF.

  • Edgardo Carrillo Cabrera
    Edgardo Carrillo Cabrera Месяц назад

    The best of the best, thank you.

  • Sam Bradley
    Sam Bradley Месяц назад

    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 Месяц назад

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

  • Sam Bradley
    Sam Bradley Месяц назад

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

  • Sam Bradley
    Sam Bradley Месяц назад

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

  • Sam Bradley
    Sam Bradley Месяц назад

    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 Месяц назад

    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 Месяц назад

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

  • Samuel Thomoson
    Samuel Thomoson Месяц назад

    He has a great smile

  • Dave
    Dave Месяц назад +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 Studious
    Smokingun Studious 2 месяца назад

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

  • Charlos
    Charlos 2 месяца назад

    Hope for peace, prepare for war.

  • Joseph Mills
    Joseph Mills 2 месяца назад

    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 2 месяца назад

    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 2 месяца назад

    He salutes as perfectly as I did forty years ago.

  • Clint Eastman
    Clint Eastman 2 месяца назад

    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 2 месяца назад

    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 2 месяца назад

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

  • Eric Barnard
    Eric Barnard 2 месяца назад

    Title is misleading

  • Noah Stockstill
    Noah Stockstill 2 месяца назад

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

    OFF ROAD 2 месяца назад

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

  • VietnamNam 7
    VietnamNam 7 2 месяца назад

    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.

  • Dwaine Bauman
    Dwaine Bauman 2 месяца назад

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

  • Nik Reed
    Nik Reed 3 месяца назад

    boi left on my sixth birthday

    MICHAEL CISNEROS 3 месяца назад

    Thank you

  • Toby Bryant
    Toby Bryant 3 месяца назад

    America does need to bring back the draft.

  • whiteboy 111075
    whiteboy 111075 3 месяца назад


  • MinoritiesRlazy
    MinoritiesRlazy 3 месяца назад

    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 3 месяца назад

    Service ensures citizenship.

  • Cory Luna
    Cory Luna 3 месяца назад


  • Laura Stewart
    Laura Stewart 3 месяца назад

    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 3 месяца назад

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

  • troll jones
    troll jones 3 месяца назад

    *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)

  • Wafle -agario and more
    Wafle -agario and more 3 месяца назад


  • Double D
    Double D 3 месяца назад

    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 3 месяца назад

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

  • ueez
    ueez 3 месяца назад

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

  • Jimmy Beanz
    Jimmy Beanz 3 месяца назад

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

  • Rainbow laforge
    Rainbow laforge 3 месяца назад

    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 3 месяца назад

    0:42 29th day here on this earth

  • Sigtyr
    Sigtyr 3 месяца назад

    Something doesn't add up here...

  • EyeLean5280
    EyeLean5280 4 месяца назад

    Not just the draft, universal conscription.

  • Tom Smith
    Tom Smith 4 месяца назад

    And you should be first!

  • Loyis Agnoo
    Loyis Agnoo 4 месяца назад

    So many dramatic pauses

  • Monty Leverett
    Monty Leverett 4 месяца назад

    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.

  • Monty Leverett
    Monty Leverett 4 месяца назад

    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 4 месяца назад

    Military draft, maybe not, a national service draft definitely

  • gypsymanjeff 21
    gypsymanjeff 21 4 месяца назад +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 4 месяца назад

    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 4 месяца назад

    No war but class war.

  • Pyar Squared
    Pyar Squared 4 месяца назад

    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 4 месяца назад +1

      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.

    • Phaethon, he who dared
      Phaethon, he who dared 4 месяца назад +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 4 месяца назад

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

  • SYK Klipz
    SYK Klipz 4 месяца назад

    Very inspirational

  • Jose Lopez
    Jose Lopez 4 месяца назад

    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 4 месяца назад

    Titled incorrectly :|

  • rabbit1989
    rabbit1989 4 месяца назад

    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 4 месяца назад

    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 4 месяца назад

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

    • Emmanuel Bernadin
      Emmanuel Bernadin 4 месяца назад

      There is nothing wrong with agreeing to disagree friend!

  • Juan Burgos
    Juan Burgos 4 месяца назад

    a servant

  • Carl Schoen
    Carl Schoen 4 месяца назад

    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 4 месяца назад

      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 5 месяцев назад

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

  • Alex Robinson
    Alex Robinson 5 месяцев назад

    I’m 21 and I just finished my 4 years in the military. Usaf fire protection, I only deployed to Iraq and Jordan and they were both 90 days. I wouldn’t recommend the draft ever.

  • Mo Lester
    Mo Lester 5 месяцев назад

    How many wars have you won without england?

  • Littleman Romero
    Littleman Romero 5 месяцев назад

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

  • Cowboycomando54
    Cowboycomando54 5 месяцев назад

    What was his rate?

    • Emmanuel Bernadin
      Emmanuel Bernadin 4 месяца назад +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 5 месяцев назад

    Navy boot camp is 3 months?

  • Karbon
    Karbon 5 месяцев назад

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

  • Retro Toy Pile
    Retro Toy Pile 5 месяцев назад

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

  • jack keely
    jack keely 5 месяцев назад

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

  • Unknowb Unknown
    Unknowb Unknown 5 месяцев назад

    Says the guy that that wasnt in combat

  • NaturalMedia
    NaturalMedia 5 месяцев назад

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

  • billy vandory
    billy vandory 5 месяцев назад

    he reminds me of knuckles...

  • Cody Loomis
    Cody Loomis 5 месяцев назад

    Mistitled video but dam good speech

  • Blue In red
    Blue In red 5 месяцев назад


  • Atreus Son of Hippodamia
    Atreus Son of Hippodamia 5 месяцев назад

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

  • IstharOswell
    IstharOswell 5 месяцев назад

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

  • Robert Kramarek
    Robert Kramarek 5 месяцев назад

    God bless this young man !

  • Renee Andrew-Lewis
    Renee Andrew-Lewis 5 месяцев назад

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

  • Aesthetic
    Aesthetic 5 месяцев назад

    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 5 месяцев назад

    He is a horrible speaker.

  • amiracle
    amiracle 6 месяцев назад

    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 6 месяцев назад

    11:00 they should've just pressed f

  • Daniel Shockey
    Daniel Shockey 6 месяцев назад

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

  • Jonathan Hilliard
    Jonathan Hilliard 6 месяцев назад

    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 6 месяцев назад

    This is not an "Idea worth sharing"

  • D. Samuels
    D. Samuels 6 месяцев назад

    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?

  • Greg Felice
    Greg Felice 6 месяцев назад

    Mr. Bernadin, thank you for your service. And thank you for sharing your story.

    • Emmanuel Bernadin
      Emmanuel Bernadin 5 месяцев назад

      Thank you Greg. I believe that our world is changed through shared perspective. Be blessed

  • Injo
    Injo 6 месяцев назад

    What an incredibly bad title for a fantastic speech. His entire point is that unless these issues are fixed we'll unfortunately need a draft again.

  • CreatorSs
    CreatorSs 6 месяцев назад

    Why are his hands so damn big lmao

  • ethan cain
    ethan cain 6 месяцев назад

    the mic is so screwed up

  • Hidden
    Hidden 6 месяцев назад +1

    One of my favorite TED Talks.

  • ralph newberry
    ralph newberry 6 месяцев назад +1

    God bless you and yours.

  • ralph newberry
    ralph newberry 6 месяцев назад

    as to your comment "who would join?" my daughter.

  • Broc Becker
    Broc Becker 6 месяцев назад

    Those unemployment statistics sounded off

  • Miztah Raye
    Miztah Raye 6 месяцев назад

    My favorite one to date.

  • Why youtube why
    Why youtube why 6 месяцев назад +1

    I think we should do ALOT more than that; as soon as you hit 18 I think you should be required to serve in the reserves bare minimum.

    Also your dog is adorable.