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eaglepride09
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snoman123
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That ever able-bodied male citizen of the United States should have one year of full time military t

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Started: 5/4/2014 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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eaglepride09

Pro

P1) There would be no shortage of personnel in the military

P2) It would allow every able body young man to make a contribution to the military. (http://www.theguardian.com...)

C) It should be mandatory for all able body men between ages 18-24 to serve at least one year of military service.
snoman123

Con

P1: There is no shortage of personnel in the military, or people willing to join the military. The military changes the conditions for recruitment and retention to fit its needs.
P2: There are many ways for people to serve their country other than mandatory military service. Join the Peace Corps or be a volunteer in the community are some alternatives.
P3: Should a 19 year old convicted violent felon or someone diagnosed with mental illness being able bodied have to do mandatory military service. Clearly they should not.
C: Military service is not for everyone.
Debate Round No. 1
eaglepride09

Pro

P1) Various units in the U.S. military are currently facing shortages of personnel or could be facing shortages in the near future. (http://www.foxnews.com...)

P2) Mandatory military service would also benefit the young men that serve they would learn skills that they wouldn't learn other wise. Many young men who wouldn't be able to afford further education or don't wish to attend would have skills that would allow them to attain jobs following their service.

P3) My opponents third premise seems to be a scarecrow fallacy. There would be rules and guidelines in place to keep violent convicts and men with history of mental illness that are unsuitable for military life to be disqualified from service.
snoman123

Con

P1: The military has met every challenge the country has asked of it and will continue to do so. Our military, being an all volunteer force, is full of people who want to serve. This enables our military to be more efficient since the people there are not being forced to serve. Service members who are drafted and forced to fight for a cause they do not believe in would not strive as hard to fulfill their duties. This is counterproductive of what is wanted from our military. We want a strong force composed of dedicated servicemen and woman who want to get the job done.
P2: The military is not the only answer for people who want to go to college or learn a skill there are many scholarships and job corps programs for people who cannot afford it. The rules and regulations of the military do not suit everyone. If a person is forced to go into the military and eventually finds out they just can"t cut it, they end up with a dishonorable discharge that will follow them rest of their lives and deny them the benefits which they joined for.
P3: Your premiss stated "It would allow every able body young man to make a contribution to the military" i just pointed out that there are people who would be considered able bodied young men by your premiss as stated also your argument leaves out women an entire segment of the population who are capable of performing as good as or in some cases better than men.
C: Military service is not for everyone. Non volunteer service members will care less about their job than volunteers do. Mandatory military service will create animosity between volunteers and non volunteers, and any such division is detrimental to the military and the country.
Debate Round No. 2
eaglepride09

Pro

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snoman123

Con

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Debate Round No. 3
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