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Mandatory military service: Is compulsory national service a good idea?

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  • Supports individuals personality

    Mandatory military services help the young develop their personality with discipline and help them to be a better person. It's a really good way to help young soldiers to develop his qualities. Every country should have mandatory military services for its own young. It's clear that people who had been through military service has stronger personality than others.

  • Mandatory social service is a good idea.

    With 20% of kids not graduating high school, and very high unemployment for those in this circumstance, and alternative would be to allow them to serve for a year or two in a universal service role. There is work for them - conservation work, nursing work, clerical work, that would help form them into contributing members of society, and also do society some good. There is a cost, but training could be delegated to the organization to which they are assigned housing could be minimized by assigning them locally.

  • Mandatory national (not military) service is the answer!

    Here are some of the ideas to consider:

    Perhaps a shorter period than 2 years;
    No exceptions but for profound physical or mental disabilities;
    Allow for service at all levels of government or approved NGOs - i.E., federal, state or local, or a designated list of approved secular charities. (Exclusions may be religious, political, overtly commercial or similar 'controversial' tax-exempt organizations).
    Allow a time window, say between 18 - 24, to complete.
    A GI bill sort of incentive for training payments after service - not a full boat paid for college, but a way to lessen/defer student loans based on months or nature of service.

  • It is very important and does not just benefit the country but everyone involved.

    Citizens learn discipline, politeness and their self-esteem is increased when they realise the difference they are making for their country. It is a very honourable thing to be a part of and is one of the truest signs of patriotism. In a country where everyone is educated and protected by older leaders, the least we can do is make a difference and in this case, by protecting the country.

  • America is facing more foreign threats now than ever before.

    Countries such as North Korea, China, Russia, and Iran pose a dire threat to American security. We should have compulsory military service to ensure the greater defense of the nation. Also there are many benefits to required military service. It would instill discipline in young Americans and prepare them to enter the real world or college after there service time has expired. Also, the argument against required military service is that some people are unfit for military service. Obviously, anybody with a physical disability or mental instability will be exempt from service. Military service would also likely cause a decrease in the obesity rate among young Americans. And in regards to the draft, America has enacted a draft in multiple wars such as the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. American troops, even the ones that didn't want to be in the war, fought exceptionally well in many combat situations during these conflicts. It is important to our national security that we have a large army in order to respond to the increasing foreign threats our nation faces today.

  • It would be HIGHLY Beneficial

    It would ultimately have a strong impact on the way our children look at life. It could very well reduce crime rates and be one of the most beneficial things we could have our children do. Many of them have to realize the joy of serving others before they can fully understand it. They need the push to make them better human beings, and compulsory service would be that push

  • Requiring military enrollment is a mistake.

    Unless there is a great need for a larger military, requiring people to participate is a mistake. Not everyone is cut out for military service. Some members of our country would do more harm than good. Some people are not prepared for it physically or mentally. While our military is important, we are better off to have qualified individuals who want to be there.

  • It may increase the size of the military, but the quality of the military decreases.

    Yes we are facing massive threats, but the only way to combat these threats is through a quality military made up of qualified people who want to be there. Picking up an out of shape, cowardly 18 year old who does not want to be in the military is not a good idea. Rather than fill the military up with under qualified people who do not want to be there, the government should try to encourage people to join by there own will. When people truly want to serve they do a better job, and less people end up dead on our side.

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  • It is bad for the economy!

    Military training costs money, and if military service is required, the government must pay people to do it. That is a large hit to the government's budget. Another reason is that eighteen year-old people would go into the military and not replace these jobs. If military involvement is compulsory, the at home jobs will not be replaced as fast and the standard of living may decrease. Plus, if people do not ever get out of the military because it pays well, we will never have doctors, lawyers, store clerks, construction workers, or any of those jobs that promotes economic growth. Plus, we will not be able to relax because the jobs like sanitation workers that allow us to do so will no longer exist. This will set us back in time. We will never learn new things because military is attractive once you are in, and people will no longer want to go back to school.

  • People will step up for a country they love.

    Forcing people to sign up for the military will cause resentment in some. As a soldier I would believe you would want the people next to you to be there because they want to be there. If your really interested in military service then you will do well opposed to some one forced. Plus people will always find a way out of it by faking a disability or injury. What if at 18 a man already has a family? Would her really be forced to leave them?

  • No that is not right

    No, it is unfair . You can't force people to do something they don't want to do. It is very disrespectful. People will have a lot of issues like family seperation and they may not be prepared for it menatally ,physically and emotionally. People have different careers to succeed and it may not be to be forced in a military service

  • No. Military training isn't free, and the massive influx of recruits would stretch the budget thin.

    One thing that many who support mandatory military service don't take into account is that basic training isn't free, to say nothing of the specialized training to use the military's cool toys. Countries with all-volunteer forces can spend much more on each individual soldier than countries with conscription. Not only would there be less budget for each soldier, but some of it would also have to be allocated towards enforcement. Some will go, "Hell, no! We won't go!" and tear their draft cards, and will have to be penalized in some manner to not defeat the purpose of mandatory service. Again, this isn't free. And when they get caught? You'd send them to prison, where you'd have to feed and clothe them, draining the budget even more.

    The alternative is to not force people to serve. We civilians serve indirectly by paying for the military. The military is actually a drain on our country's finances, albeit a necessary drain there are bad people out to get us. Each man conscripted is one less man working and earning money to support the military.

  • Mandatory Military Service Not a Good Idea

    No, mandatory military service is not a good idea as it breeds resentment and ill favor for a government. In addition, there are security concerns. There are many people who may be accepted by a draft that would be seen as unfit to be accepted by voluntary service, be it for illness physical or mental.


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