posted on Mar, 18 2009 @ 08:22 AM
It wouldn't be any less expensive though. Dole money is £60.50 each week, the Army would have to pay more than that in wages, then you've got the
training aspect to cost in. Plus a legion of administrators required to track down people who don't turn up for their national service, police to
round them up & courts to sentence them. It'd cost a fortune.
And what to do with them once they're in the Army ? Or Navy etc. Fair enough the Army is a little stretched at the moment, but several hundred
thousand new soldiers wouldn't have anything to do really, there's no major wars to fight, our world is largely at peace thankfully.
Frankly, so many of the long term unemployed have that status for a reason. They're unemployable. Dependency issues, criminal records etc. Would the
forces really want such people in the ranks ?