I am in favor of some form of mandatory public service between the ages of 18 and 21 and have been so for years. Look at it this way:
(1) You administer it the same way the draft was... a certain precentage will always drift towards the military... then you have things like the CCC
of the depression, vista (not the sucky software) and the peace corps etc.
(2) you give everyone who practisipates the same package of benefits military service does including health and education, eventually evolving into a
national health plan.
(3) It provides a period in a young adults life where they serve something greater than themselves (much needed these days of chronic narcissiests)
and helps the community at large... not to mention it provides a rite of passage... once don, now you are an adult with all the rights and
I say go for it.