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Should Obligatory Community/Military Service Be Introduced?
This policy is a waste of resources.
Government money is better spent on welfare or redistribution programs as opposed to the military.
Many countries already have adequate militaries, and this would divert resources from more productive endeavors.
This service would restrict their ability to move on to alternative pathways such as vocational work or higher education.
Obligatory service is only useful in nations that do not have the resources to produce a large enough volunteer force to deter against enemies (e.g. Israel).
The UK struggles to fill many important jobs, in
specialist/high demand sectors
. With conscription, that problem would worsen.
If a person wants to work for community, but needs higher education to do so (teachers, doctors), delaying him from learning via obligatory service is harmful to the society.
Such a system would be costly to maintain, because the military would be required to either house or feed the soldiers, sailors and airmen or pay them a stipend so they could feed and house themselves.
It is impossible to effectively utilize all people of age 18-20 for military/community service.
At a time when most liberal democracies are not engaged in or threatened by warfare, increasing military resources in these countries is nonsensical.
Having obligatory community/military service would be very costly.
With conscription, that added waste is outweighed by improved troop mobility, military policy, more highly specialized citizens, etc.
Obligatory service is only a waste of resources if the government drafts more workers than necessary and/or forces them to serve for longer than necessary. The U.S. has
a small number of people and therefore doesn't waste resources.
The government would be able to add new job areas for public work with the high number of additional employees working for the state.
Government resources spent for the safety and betterment of the quality of life of its citizens cannot be considered wasted.