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Should Obligatory Community/Military Service Be Introduced?
Obligatory service is an unfair infringement upon citizens' rights to freedom and self-determination.
Opportunity for choice is motivating,
choice in education
across a wide area of human interactions backs this up. Obligatory service removes the opportunity for choice and would fundamentally change the motivation people have for military service.
In addition to being governmental over-reach, in the USA, this forced labor would infringe the people's constitutional rights to liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
In the UK
, While over 65s were in favour of conscription, with 74% voting in support, only 10% of 18-24-year-olds said they thought it would be a good idea. As it would only directly affect young people, more weight should be given to their opinion.
Obligatory service takes away two years of people's lives in which their ability to do important things such as develop themselves and maintain their social circles, is significantly harmed.
Article 20 of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
states that 'No one may be compelled to belong to an association'. As such, conscription is an infringement on this human right.
Conscription infringes on an individual's right to consent to potential bodily harm.
The United States only has the
for times of national emergency and threats to the state. If the welfare of the state is not at risk then the rights of an individual supersede the desires of the government.
A government should reflect the desires of its citizens. If citizens have to be forced into something for it to work, most do not desire it, and thus the thing should not be done in the first place.
The rights to personal freedom and self-determination do not override the right of the state to ask citizens to serve in exchange for the ability to exercise those rights.
A citizen is responsible for the maintenance of their civilization.
The rights of freedom and self determination are already routinely violated by the government for the order and betterment of society.
Unfortunately freedom has to be protected, and during natural disasters, people need assistance. Living in a free society either means assisting with these tasks, or paying taxes to pay someone else to perform these tasks.
The assumption seems to be that this would be obligatory for young people. Perhaps the government would decide conscript people in their 60's to do work for minimal pay.
A military that is capable of defending the country from foreign threats guarantees that people are safe enough to freely exercise their rights.
There is no principled difference between this policy and the policy of making school compulsory.