posted on Apr, 2 2008 @ 10:21 AM
reply to post by Freeborn
I think the defence budget is stretched enough without the need to support thousands of conscripts
I'd rather the money be spent on new equipment for our troops at the front and the various new planes, ships and other vehicles being introduced.
I can see what you're getting at, though, and I think that something similar to that could be used as an alternative to prison. Minor offenders are
sent to a 'boot camp', run like an army barracks. A bit like Bad Lads' Army, if you ever saw that series a few years ago. I'd be curious to see if
it would help offenders to get back onto the straight and narrow by providing them some structure and order in their lives (which is lacking amongst
many of the deprived young kids). A trial would be interesting.
At the same time, I think a multi-pronged approach to fighting crime is needed. As well as punishing and rehabilitating those who commit crimes, we
should work out ways to prevent people turning to crime in the first place - encouraging community cohesion, ensuring kids get a good education and so
on. I would also point out that, as much as we like to blame them, it's not all the government's fault; parents have a huge impact on their
children's lives, and if they drink excessively, take drugs, break the law and so on then their children are more likely to do the same. It's all
about human nature and learning from our parents.
This entire area is one that is very, very difficult to solve and it needs an effort from a combination of government (both central and local), the
police, schools/teachers, communities, families and individuals if we are to sort it out.