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Tue, 07th Apr 2009 | MisterE | Created on: visionarydictionary.com | 1,402 Views, 3 Nods.

National Service (2017)

They will once again make National Service compulsory.

                


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Thu, 09th Jun 2011
There's around 2.5 million 16-18 year olds in the UK, if we intend to put everyone (both male & female) into National Service. That would, of course, mean taking students out of college and others out of employment, impacting on their education and employment prospects.

The state would end up paying to house, clothe and feed them all, and employ around 100,000 supervisors. We just don't have the £billions it would cost...

If they refused to participate, how would we punish them? Prison as a last resort? Or would young people just leave the country as US teenagers did during Viet Nam? How many young people would have agreed to fight in a war they didn't believe in, Iraq, for example?

If it was only the poor, disadvantaged, radicalised and criminal that did National Service, would it really be wise to train them in any military skills?

Incidentally, the Krays did National Service...
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Thu, 09th Jun 2011
I think this is a great idea
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Thu, 09th Jun 2011
Should be compulsory for the non law abiding wretches in our society!!!
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Thu, 09th Jun 2011
The idea of allowing the government to 'own' my children to use for their own political failings and capitalist greed is one that would make me pick up arms and revolt. Ridiculous and abhorent.
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Sun, 13th Sep 2009
Can't come soon enough.
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Thu, 11th Jun 2009
As for "It'd be good for society" I'm the complete opposite on that. I think funding, risk and volunteering time should be completely optional. Can't get the cash/manpower for a war or army? Tough shit. If you don't have that support, getting it by gunpoint is immoral. If people are behind you, fine, have at it. Me personally? My army hasn't been at war for 200 years. If they do and request me, they can kiss my ass when they find it. Unless I happen to agree with their reasoning, in which case I'll spit my dying breath before letting go.
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Thu, 11th Jun 2009
Never stopped being compulsory in the neck of the woods I lived in. I did it, after giving serious consideration to 6 months in prison, figuring it was only 12 months and who knows - one day perhaps knowing how to shoot an automatic, throw hand grenades and detonate RDX might work in my favor. I think it'll be hard to reintroduce to countries that have let go of it though and it's now down to 60% or so where I were. The brass complain about that. There are few insults like saying the biggest problem is they can't get the funding to get everyone in when you are putting of the university for a year to involuntarily learn absurd things you could knock out in a week if need be. Not sure if the UK or US will ever reinstate. I think they should think twice, especially since most of modern National Service duties aren't that needed or shouldn't be.
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Tue, 07th Apr 2009
It is still compulsory in some countries so do they have a broken society? I shall go and research my own question!
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Tue, 07th Apr 2009
Hopefully it would be the same disipline dished out as to our older generation. Act immediately on a command! It may save your life! Briton could be proud again and we could walk the streets and smile at the groups of friends passing their time. I had this discussion some time ago with a lady after watching a TV programme 'Bad Lad's Army'. Her son was a nice lad but had a bit of an attitude towards authority. Her comments to me were as follows 'I wouldn't let them talk to ...... like that, I would get him out'. Perhaps some parents should have National Service too!. At the time it was stopped I felt happy, now I don't think it should have been.
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Tue, 07th Apr 2009
I hope so MisterE I agree with Adams comment below this is something I would like to see happen.
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Tue, 07th Apr 2009
I think this would help build better discipline and teach some hard life skills, it may do some people some serious good. Perhaps it should be instead of a prison sentance for 'light' crimes.
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Tue, 07th Apr 2009
I agree mister E i also think this maybe a great way of sorting out anti-social behavior problems! If some of the trouble makers actually knew what hard work was and learnt some respect for authority it might help get rid of some of the problems that we face in our communities!
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