I don't think people should be required to join the military. I think it would lower the quality of service members we have becuase you would have people who don't want to be in the military being forced to join. What would their motivation be to actually be a good troop?
Plus, America is supposed to be the "land of the free." that includes being free to decide if you want to serve in the military or not.
I agree with you Frosty. But I feel if you want to be able to make decissions about our society, you should first prove that you put the good of the people above yourself. Nobody should be forced to serve, they just shouldn't be allowed to vote if they don't.
I like the German way. Either military service or civil service, pick one. The majority of people would choose the civil service and that is fine. I agree with Frosty about conscription lowering the quality of people. But I also think people should have some sense of civil responsibiltiy in them. It is a high privilege to be a US citizen and to enjoy our lifestyle, not a God-given right, as too many Americans think.
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Originally posted by /elsinore98: I'm with Epic Honor on this one. If folks were given options of how to serve, perhaps it wouldn't be such a bad thing. I think the positives would outweigh the negatives.
I don't agree because the country would still be taking how ever many years of someone's life and forcing them to do something they may not want to do just because they were born here, as if they have a choice on where to be born. They are being punished for simply being born. Of course, some may not consider it a punishment, but I'm sure some would.
People always talk about how our military is there to protect and defend freedom, but forcing people into civil service takes away freedom. The freedom to make your own choices on whether you want to serve your country or not (in whatever capacity).
I think that all able bodier people should have to serve in either the military or the civil servive in order to attain certian privliges, such as the ability to vote. I don't think that they should have to serve in order to be considered citizens. This way the people who decide the fate of our country (the voters) would have shown a dedication to the best intrests of our country.
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think of the people you went to high school with. how many of them would you want serving along side you. not just your friends. everyone in your high school. for me, the answer is none of the ones who didnt join already.
I do think that, being that the majority of the millitary comes from the lower-middle to lower economic tax brackets, families above a certain income level should have to pay a tax if one family member is not in the military. they can afford it, they might as well sacrifice something. the money could be used for better pay, benefits, and equipment for those of us who do serve.
Originally posted by JAG_Korea: think of the people you went to high school with. how many of them would you want serving along side you. not just your friends. everyone in your high school. for me, the answer is none of the ones who didnt join already.
Yeah and when you think about them remember how many of them ask you "if you want fries with that?" in a drive thru.
The Army can at least give those that need some guidance what they are looking for.
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