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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

Should the US have a mandatory conscription?

If so, how long should individuals have to serve, and of what age would they be conscripted?

Either way, please state your reasons, thanks!

Update:

I'm talking in the sense of conscription during peace and war time. Example. In S. Korea all 18 year olds have to serve 3 years or something, I don't know the details, but it was just an example of what I am asking about

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    hell no, we take pride in our voluntary fighting force, vietnam taught us that our fighting effectiveness is hindered by inducting pukes who wouldnt serve to save their own skin. they are a liability, not an asset.

    The koreans are different. Their homes are sighted by Communist artillery, they have a patriotic duty to serve and protect their homes. American homes are sighted by terrorists for destruction and conquest, but the liberal pukes in this country have convinced us to disregard this threat, and to start defunding the military and focus on prosecuting people for engaging in the war. the average joe doesnt realize the threat from the islamo-fascists, because they are not as plainly visible as the hardened communist artillery bunkers pointed at their cities, it is a shadowy threat that we face, and if they cant see the threat, then they are less inclined to fight it. I thought 9-11 woke people up, I was mistaken.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Obviously when we are engaged in clflict we need it, but why not all the time and not just for the military, give the conscripti a choice of military, peace corps, or some newly created force to do some sort of service to the country, ages from 18 ( or after hs grad)- 21.If they chose to go to college then have them conscripted into serice after for the same length of time. This not only instills a sense of value but it also would have econmic and social values as well

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  • XX
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    I think the services are doing ok for the most part in keeping the right numbers of troops without conscription.... There is a waiting list for the Air Force, actually.. so I do not think conscription is needed. Conscript soldiers tend to be less disciplined anyway..

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes. If we have mandatory service in the military for two years, it would do alot towards instilling character in the citizens of this country. They would have a chance to possibly travel abroad and see the world and would not be so narrow minded in their views towards other countries. It would instill discipline and a worth ethic in alot of people who are sorely lacking these two qualities.

    However I do not think something like this would ever currently pass. A volunteer army is well and good, but with a volunteer army you have alot of the poor going off to do battle for the wealthy.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I think an all volunteer force is better for the country. Everyone does a better job when they made the decision themselves to serve.

    On the other hand, serving in the military helps many useless kids grow up and become better citizens. I think this should only be used in emergencies though.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    yes we should adn it should be 3 years active adn two yes inactive duty, many other countries do this exact thing, and even if the family is moving out of the country and, and they have children that are getting close to the age of serving ..the boys have to serve first, then they can leave...it makes men out of boys..and this country needs that more now than ever before.

    it also gives a lot of them many new skills they would not of ever been able to have...just because your in the military does not mean you run through the woods with guns all the time..there are thousands of jobs to be learned, and many of them will translate into a job on the streets when they get out...and as far a college goes..they will serve FIRST then go to college if the want to..but no one can go to college to get out of serving ....no one..and as some say the rich will get out of it...well lets get tough, put them in jail for ten years instead of serving for three years...far trade off..

    and for as far as Vietnam goes and people that may have better served the USA by staying home in bed....you will have that no matter what type of Military we have..there is always going to be a few who just can not do certain stuff, and always going to be a few who kill our own...hey we have that every day in the USA now..never mind at war...

    I served, and if I could go, I would go now...the only way we are going to be able to keep being free is by our military, we give that up, we will not be free anymore,

    I say 3 years active adn two years inactive duty for all even females..and you say what are they all going to do for work...we have a lack of police in this country that can adequately do their jobs, we need a lot of border patrols, we need more people walking the streets to help actually keep us safe..your great grandparents could actually go out after dark and be safe at one time in this country...think about it..we need it...it will put people to work, give them education, keep us safe.......make USA strong..and some money for college too.......

    I feel strongly about this .............

    good luck

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  • 1 decade ago

    NO !!!!

    mandatory conscription = slavery of the underprivileged

    While the RICH and connected will be able to weasel out of harms ways the underprivileged will die and suffer for the benefit of those weasels.

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  • 1 decade ago

    No way.

    Just by looking at the fact that our Armed Forces recruiters can't even get young men and women to join voluntarily right now means that forcing our young men and women to fight would be a national disaster bigger than the Iraq war.

    Why our young men and women aren't joining the Armed Forces as much as they used to is a whole other discussion.

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  • Paul K
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    I think mandatory service of some type would be good. The service would not necessarily have to be military. There should be NO exceptions other than medical.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Heck no!!!!!! Right now we have the best of the best!!! The volunteers want to be there!!!! I did and enjoyed while serving!!! To force people in would be disaster!!!!Just look at how the left acts on answers and ask yourself do you want them protecting you!!!!

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