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Should Obligatory Community/Military Service Be Introduced?
Performing community/military service provides benefits for the individuals who participate.
Service will ensure that young people interact with a greater diversity of other people.
Military conscription teaches young men and women loyalty, self-assurance, a sense of belonging, and above all discipline; these things being extremely lacking in societies such as in the US today because of government interference in our personal lives.
If the military service is structured so that it promotes helping the community and not just defense, then it could influence people's behaviors for the better for the rest of their lives.
During times of economic instability or high levels of unemployment, such a system would economically support those who are part of the program, and potentially their families.
Earning wages from being a productive worker provides people with a sense of dignity and self-accomplishment.
Doing two years of obligatory service teaches young adults how to be independent and responsible for their own living situation.
Obligatory two-year service would guarantee that young adults get important work-experience which they can then later apply in life.
Many people would be assigned jobs which have no relevance for those people once their service is finished.
The possibility of ending up in warzones means that the risk of death or permanent injury is inherently more likely in the military.
Mandatory community service will cause young people to resent it, and avoid volunteer work later in life.
If someone thinks they would benefit from service, they can volunteer on their own time.
Forced service can be very harmful to unwilling workers.
Military conscripts often find themselves without any significant tasks to do.