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Originally posted by Wolf321
reply to post by Wang Tang
I agree no draft. If the cause is just or true defense, people will step up.
I used to think mandatory military service would be a good idea, but no longer. I do think everyone would benefit from military training. I also think they, and as a result the nation as a whole, would benefit from experiencing such sacrifice and structure.
I would however, support required school based ROTC-type program in high school or college. It would essentially prepare you for service without requiring service. The Philippines has such a program. With the exception of learning sacrifice, it would provide all the other benefits of required service and somewhat prepare citizens if a true emergency or war situation develops.
Originally posted by Alpha Arietis
Mandatory service kinda defeats the purpose of "freedom" doesn't it? "Freedom" means being able to make your own choices about your own life and not being subject to state or social mandates.
Trying to force citizens to comply with military mandates that are "for their own good" is authoritarian and tyrannical.