Mandatory Military Service
There is a buzz around talking about mandatory military service, and I agree with it. There should be a mandatory draft for all young men and women from the ages of 18 to 21. The United States has gone through so many changes in just a short time; WWII was only 65 years ago, a long with the Korean War only 50 plus years ago and now we get to deal with the attack of 9/11. I have mentioned only the wars that we as a nation are fighting for our freedom. In WWII men were willing to fight for their freedom and they also understood the repercussions of their actions knowing that they may never see their families again. They were scared just as much as our soldiers are today, and yet they all thought they were doing the right thing: fighting the good war. It was an honor to fight for your country then, not so much now and that is exactly what we as a country need today. The draft should starting with our 18 year old men and women, being a country of one again, without segregation no matter what race, color, creed, or religion a person is (Selective Service System). We must have an understanding of what our country is about and who and why people died for our freedom and being proud to say that we live in the United States of America. That will only come to pass if we teach our young men and women in the military. People in the United States walk around all day not even thinking or questioning why they have the ability to do what they do. It’s very simple to answer-because soldiers died to give us what we have. Many people don’t know that and most don’t even care; the reason they don’t care is because they never fought for anything nor had any regimented structure (Dunbar). One of the most beneficial reasons for mandatory military service would be for homeland security. Right now our homeland security is weak because our soldiers are tired and a lot of them are overseas. What would happen if we were invaded by another country? How could we defend our country if half of our military is over seas? Things wouldn’t work out like everyone thinks. But if we had 50 million men and women in the United States that were not on active duty that had served in the military, I don’t think we would have a problem fighting off a country, no matter where our active duty soldiers were. One of the greatest attributes would be that teenagers would have jobs and this would be stimulating the economy. When they were out of the military these men and women would be motivated to get a college degree in a fashionable time. “They would unite with people of all sexes, races and religions to work toward a common good. This allows neighborhoods to become safer and society to become stronger. The workforce gets better workers; families get better mothers and fathers, and the country gets a more unified citizenship” (Williams). Fighting for your country? Have you ever thought about the answer to that question? How often do you believe in what you are doing? Americans people are miserable in their day to day lives. Imagine waking up and knowing what and why you are alive because of the job you were doing, protecting our country. There are no struggles in the armed forces, only triumphs and with the type of motivation that is instilled down you think you could conquer the world. The next question would be whether would we be doing this for good reasons or bad ones? Well let’s take a look at some of the bad possibilities: a person could not believe in conscription for religious beliefs, or peace treaty beliefs. Some may not believe in our military tactics of bombarding countries with our air attacks. Many would also not want their children possibly going to war if that was the case at the time (Binder). All these excuses may have some validity, but they are all excuses of wanting to have your cake and eat it too. For the past 200 years we as a country have been fighting for our freedom and when the...
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