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Should the government impose a mandatory year of service?

  • Support Mandatory Year of Service

    I think a mandatory year of service by every American would be a good thing. If someone does not want to serve in the armed services, instead, s/he could give back through a year of service. This would be good to do between high school and college. It could also help solve a lot of American problems. Other countries require military or volunteer service and I think it is a good idea.

  • A year of service for a lifetime of responsibility.

    At one point in time in the United States, we had a mandatory draft system. That compulsory time in the armed forces shaped the character of men and our nation for decades, and for the better in my opinion. Instead of bringing back the military draft (though maybe we could have it as an option) in the 21st century maybe we should make a year of service to the community mandatory. I think it would be an enriching and humbling experience that would help return our nation to greatness.

  • Is this a real question?

    If the question is indeed real, then one might rephrase it. Maybe "Should the government have power over choosing if you should be allowed to live?" or "Should we have a government that is legally authoritarian?" or "Should we create a society that Orwell described in his works?". That someone says yes to this question is very scary. There still are fascist/communist types around. Those who will be first to project and accuse you of being a fascist or communist.

  • Not a chance,

    Forcing people to go against their beliefs and serve the country in service would be unethical. There are many people who have mental and physical disabilities that would prohibit them from serving. Making a mandatory year of service also goes against the 13th amendment, which outlaws forced servitude without being convicted of a crime.

  • Not a chance,

    Forcing people to go against their beliefs and serve the country in service would be unethical. There are many people who have mental and physical disabilities that would prohibit them from serving. Making a mandatory year of service also goes against the 13th amendment, which outlaws forced servitude without being convicted of a crime.

  • No way it would work

    It wouldn't work due to the 13th Amendment stating that we can not be subjected to forced servitude without being convicted of a crime. Blahb b b b b j j j j j j j j j j j j j j j j j j j jj j

  • Good For Country

    For people with diseases, injuries, or children, it is harder to serve in the armed forces. If we were required to do a year of service, people could be doing good for the country without being in the army. Also, it will make people kinder and more empathetic. Do you agree?

  • No, it would not work here.

    It is a great idea in theory to impose a mandatory year of service for young people. Some countries do this and it works very well, but it has been part of their history. It does not seem as if in the United States that sort of thing would take off, as it would seem to be an imposition on personal freedom.


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