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    Mandatory military service?

    Would you support a mandatory service when a person turns 21 or 18?

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    Re: Mandatory military service?

    absolutley not. The last thing I would have wanted would be some d00d who didn't want to be there laying down cover fire for me....
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    Re: Mandatory military service?

    I support some kind of compulsory service military being one option.

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    Re: Mandatory military service?

    No way. I see no benefit to it.


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    Re: Mandatory military service?

    I could possibly support mandatory military training (like a 6 week training thing) and then going home. I don't support mandatory service though.
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    Re: Mandatory military service?

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    No way. I see no benefit to it.
    It appears to work well in Israel. And, I don't believe that the service should be necessarily MILITARY in nature. I would support requiring some kind of service, though.

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    Re: Mandatory military service?

    I think young people not in college could use a little dose of military discipline even if for only 2 years. Does not have to be military either, peace corps would do.
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    Re: Mandatory military service?

    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendHellh0und View Post
    absolutley not. The last thing I would have wanted would be some d00d who didn't want to be there laying down cover fire for me....
    Do you actually think that a volunteer army wants to be in the heat of battle? The best they can say is, "Well, I asked for it." And, in fact, most of them didn't ask for it. IMO volunteer forces enlist for very practical reasons. The very least of which is to lay down cover fire for you.

    There's a fairness about a draft. And a certain benefit that our armed forces perform for us when they turn boys into men, combat aside.
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    Re: Mandatory military service?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Do you actually think that a volunteer army wants to be in the heat of battle?
    firstly, I'm betting the good reverend knows several who do; i do. secondly, to an extent, yes. i wish i was in afghanistan right now, i could help.

    The best they can say is, "Well, I asked for it." And, in fact, most of them didn't ask for it. IMO volunteer forces enlist for very practical reasons. The very least of which is to lay down cover fire for you.
    i'm thinking you are picturing our military members more as victims than they are. yes, you signed the contract you agreed to go, but there are parts of being deployed that are better than being CONUS side.

    There's a fairness about a draft.
    the draft has never been fair; the rich and connected who seek to avoid military service are always able to do so. working with a volunteer military service allows everyone the ability to avoid joining. the draft is also (let us admit) slavery. necessary perhaps for those scenarios where the nation itself is threatened; but not under any threat less than that. if you're not willing to kill your own children for victory, then it's not worth a draft.

    And a certain benefit that our armed forces perform for us when they turn boys into men, combat aside.
    that, at least, is generally true. i would have done much better at college had i gone after the military rather than before.

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    Re: Mandatory military service?

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    I think young people not in college could use a little dose of military discipline even if for only 2 years. Does not have to be military either, peace corps would do.
    you want them to get military discipline.... from the peace corps.

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