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Pros & Cons of Mandatory Military Service Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

10 Meaningful Pros and Cons of Mandatory Military Service

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.

Introd­uction: Positives & Negatives

10 Meaningful Pros and Cons of Mandatory Military Service
Mandatory military service or military conscr­iption is a strategy used by countries to build a large and powerful military ready to be deployed in times of war or when the need to protect the sovere­ignty of the state arises.

Mandatory military service is a contro­versial topic, and many objections have been raised against it on both religious and political grounds. This leads us to the question: Is compulsory conscr­iption a good thing or a bad thing? Let us take a look at its pros and cons, and you be the judge.

1. Promotes National Unity

Mandatory military service can promote national unity. First, it allows citizens to learn and train together, creating that shared experience of having served in the military. Then there is also that general unders­tanding of what life in the army is like, what is required of the job, and what has to be done in order to protect the country. Citizens are able to understand and develop apprec­iation for the sacrifices that people in the military made for their country. And all of these can bring people together, especially when dealing with a cultural or political threat from other nations.

2. Maintain Active Military Force

Having compulsory conscr­iption to the military means having an active reserve of large body of armies that is ready to respond quickly and effect­ively to any threats to national security.

3. Ensures High Levels of Govt Partic­ipation

The public will be more aware and watchful of the govern­ment’s decision, especially in terms of national security and the like. With their lives at risk or at sacrifice, people will seek to understand more about the threats that face their country and will seek a greater voice on how their government approaches problems.

4. Can Provide Useful Skills

Life in the military can teach indivi­duals more than how to throw a salute or shoot straight. The trainings provided goes far beyond the technical skills needed to get the job done. Many military volunteers who have pursued a career in the civilian workplace mentioned several other skills and work-r­elated attitudes that help them well in their job. These include teamwork, respon­sib­ility, initia­tive, stress manage­ment, diversity, and global awareness. Others learn the habits of healthy living and discipline as well as the skills in self-d­efense.

5. Promote Equality Among Citizens

Mandatory enlistment means that “no one” will be exempted from facing wars. All citizens, be they celebr­ities, rich busine­ssmen or ordinary people, will be required to serve when the nation is facing war or in need of extra soldiers.

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1. Violates Free Will

One of the arguments raised against mandatory military service is that it violates people’s rights to exercise free will. No one has the final say whether they should partic­ipate or not in the military training and enter the army since it is a compulsory mandate implem­ented throughout the country.

2. Interferes with Other Forms of Education

Mandatory military service typically drafts young men (and women) when they are at the peak of their learning ability (18 years old). This delays indivi­duals’ pursuit for higher education as well as their entry into the into the civilian labor market, reducing returns to human-­capital invest­ments as a result.

3. Put Young People’s Lives at Risk

Though you might not like to think about it, part of the process is risking young people lives at risk. Casualties don’t just happen in actual combat or in the battle field but also during training and the like. Mandatory military service, which normally enlists able-b­odied young people, put the next generation to serious harm and, at worst, death.

4. Compro­mises the Quality of Military Service

Unlike voluntary soldiers who are willing to undergo rigorous training and serve the country for a long time in the military, draft soldiers often lacks the necessary experience and prepar­edness, providing low combat skill quality when the time comes they are sent to war. This could lead to high casualty rate among soldiers drafted under compulsory military service.

5. Not Everyone Is Fit for It

Mandatory military service requires every citizen to join and serve in the armed forces, but not everyone is cut out for it. Whether it is mental issue, physical issue, or psycho­log­ically issue, not everyone is fit to meet the physical, mental and emotions demands of the job. Factors like anxiety, depression and the like should be carefully consid­ered. Potent­ially killing someone is something that every person who was drafted in the military struggles with in their own way.