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Should Obligatory Community/Military Service Be Introduced?
States with a surplus of conscripts will deploy them in harmful ways.
States with a surplus of soldiers are likely to use them in domestic peacekeeping/policing roles (e.g.
). This is likely to be harmful.
Having a large base of soldiers available makes states more reckless in times of conflicts.
States are likely to reduce the size of the public service, replacing career public servants with conscripts.
Politicians want to be re-elected. If they passed laws that allowed the government to deploy troops in a harmful manner, there would be immense
from their constituents, harming their chances of reelection.
States with a surplus of conscripts will usually find trivial tasks for them to do such as directing traffic at intersections that already have a stop light, telling people to watch their step, etc.