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Will you give me your opinion on mandatory military service, selective service, and the draft?

Asked by JLeslie (54508points) June 1st, 2011

I live in America and we do not have mandatory military service or a draft at this time. I am interested to know if people think there should be mandatory service, or if during times of war there should be a draft, or if they feel military service should always be voluntary. If you are willing please state what country you are from, and how it is in your country, and how you think it affects the country and the people.

In America it seems a certain percentage of enlisted men are people who are from poor areas who have little other opportunities presented to them, so they join the military. Our recruitment centers are strategically placed in these commuities. They are targeted. What do you think about that?

It seems unrealistic to have mandatory service in America, because wouldn’t that be very expensive? Paying every 18 year old to serve? How does that work in other countries?

Please add any thoughts you have, don’t only answer the questions I have presented here. I am hoping for a broad discussion regarding the topic.

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