Edited by member234098 - 5/31/12 at 5:21pm
I think the cost of this program in a country our size would make it prohibitive. I have had students do this topic as their persuasive research paper. Most countries that have things such as this (like Israel) are much smaller and far more homoogenous in nature. There are many benefits to a diverse culture such as ours, but one negative (at least when trying to implement something like this) is that it would be impossible to satisfy everyone. And IMO "service" isn't something you get paid for. My children have to complete service hours to graduate from high school. They don't get paid for that. If it is going to be a "job" then call it that. Painting it with the word service is just a feel good political move.
I think that COMPULSORY service should be compensated. I also had to complete "volunteer" hours to graduate from high school. It was only 15 hours in my senior year, but it placed an enormous financial burden upon my single parent family. My mother worked 12-14 hour days, and her only day off was Sunday, the day we spent going to church and catching up on household chores. It was my responsibility to pick up my sisters from school, feed them dinner, and get them to bed. She couldn't afford to pay for someone to care for my three younger sisters so I could fiddle fart around scraping gum off the bottoms of desks. The money that she spent on a baby sitter so that I could do my "volunteer" work, came directly out of my winter wardrobe funds. I only got two long sleeved shirts instead of five that year.
I definitely do not support compulsory military service. Honestly, I've never met anyone that has (especially in the military). There have been enough issues with the relaxed standards of the last few years; never minds thousands of people who don't even want to be there. And the military is not hurting for personnel at all. I don't think that the Army has missed a quota in years. Now, especially with the draw down, people are literally fighting to stay in.
I'm all for compulsory national service, though.