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10/9/2015 3:15:54 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Would this Help or Hinder the country?

Here is an idea, that so far, no one has been able to argue why it would not benefit those involved or the country as a whole.
It may sound extreme when you read the first couple of lines, but if you can persevere and take in the whole thing, then it may allow for a rather interesting debate.

For all sixteen year olds not going into further education, college or university or any school leavers not starting an apprenticeship, then they should perhaps be enlisted into a junior service of the armed forces.

This junior services would not be part of the professional forces and therefore would not be deployed overseas, but these youngsters can be trained in the same military manner to instil a level of discipline, self respect, team work and pride in themselves which is lacking in many sixteen to twenty year olds who have left school with no qualifications and very little prospects of achieving well paid jobs.

How much would it cost the state to pay dole money per youth from the age of 16 to 20? And how much would the same youth contribute to the state over the same time period.

In the government"s view of, not contributed then no welfare, then at least anyone having completed their time in a junior service/new reformed national service would have contributed towards the state and be entitled to benefit while looking for a job.
Those people who progressed on to further education would only need to serve a period of one year (likely to be university leavers)
People coming into the country without a job to go to would have to serve in the way.

Potential Benefits
Much of the street crime committed today is carried out by gangs of youths aged between sixteen and twenty whether its underage drinking leading to fights in the streets or burglary to support drug habits, car theft due to joy riders to underage pregnancies and wilful vandalism. Etc.

(In an effort not to tar everyone with the same brush, these are examples of the problems that exists that the government has had little effect over for many years.)

Many teenagers say boredom was the root to a lot of their misbehaviour but if they were part of the junior service then they would be off the streets and kept busy by furthering their military education

Their time spent in the junior service can be of massive benefit to them and the state:

After an initial period of military training (six month followed by six months pre-trade training before starting a three years apprenticeship)

They can be given a variety of trade training which may lead to a qualification (plumbing, carpentry, electrician, mechanic, nurse, fire-fighter etc) giving them better chances of gaining a job and a career when their time comes to leave the junior service.
They would have a better level of life skills, more mature, fitter & healthier, self-disciplined, self-motivated to find employment rather than live on a lower income the dole would provide.

After completing their time they may wish to enlist in one of the armed services thus benefiting the service by providing an already trained, disciplined, and mature individual.

Employers would be more willing to take on people who have been trained and have shown themselves capable at handling discipline and the ability to work within a team.

The state would benefit by having a manpower base to help deal with any number of issues such as: response to major flooding, foot & mouth, clearing snow, council strikes i.e. (fire-fighters, bin men) large area searches etc.
The more people in employment the more to pay taxes

People would feel safer with less gangs of youths on the streets; crime would fall allowing police to deal with more serious crime.

It would take care of the government plan for issuing everyone with ID cards (just on a cheaper scale) along with other databases that they may have been interested in.

In short twenty year olds coming back into civilian life would be more motivated, fitter, disciplined, mature, ambitious and less likely to live off benefit. Having experienced and been shown how to work through hardship.

Bring back a reformed National Service.