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Writer's Block: War and peace
Many countries require all citizens to fulfill a mandatory period of service in the armed forces. Do you agree or disagree with this policy? Do you think the current recruitment system creates or sustains socioeconomic inequality?

I suspect many citizens in the UK would benefit, as would society in the long term , if National Service was reintroduced. I disagree with the concept of sending unwilling combatants to war, but those serving their Nat. Serv. could be trained to more than adequately perform the Logistic, HR, pay an other 'safer' rolls within the military.

The skills, fitness, self discipline respect and values learned in the armed forces would make for a more cohesive, tolerant healthy British society.

Sadly its not a UK vote winner. It will never happen unless the country is so threatened that the public itself push for it.

All the Exploding-Fatwa-Pixies in the sandy places of the world are unlikely to be able to bring that about.....

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I agree with much of what you say. I wouldn't limit it to military, but would consider a year of mandatory service. As you say, ideally it could train young folks and help with a more cohesive society. -- But it's not likely to happen in the U.S. either.

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