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#61 of 66 Old 05-21-2010, 01:06 AM
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Why everybody skips military service?, in Israel is mandatory for women as well but for DD is optional becuase she has other citizenships so the State considers her a "foreign citizen" in that aspect.

But in most countries, they service is just for 6-9 months. And Cyprus is not the country with the longest military service, in Israel its 3 years for men and 2 for women.

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I guess people are afraid of their children being pulled into a war.

This thread reminds me I need to get onto getting DD's birth on the Irish foreign birth register. I really want her to have easy access to Europe the way her Dad and I did (we both have UK nationality through our parents).
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tbh, I am assuming that nothing has changed in the US with regards to the draft, but I could be wrong about that. I left in 1997, so things might be different now.

Gal, in my opinion, I don't think that anyone should be forced into military service in any country for any period of time. So it's not just a US thing for me. There are many ways to 'serve' your country, but regardless it should never be a forced service.

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Remember that making your child a citizen of another country also holds them to certain responsibilities. Quite a few countries have compulsory military service when, usually men, are between the ages of 18-20. Having a second citizenship generally does absolutely nothing to absolve your child from having to serve in the first or second country's military if that is what citizenship requires.

Just something to think about. Several people I know have decided against a citizenship for their child for this reason.
Is getting a passport the same as becomming a citizen in that country? I have a passport for my mom country but I am not a citizen, I never applied to become one. My father also had his passport and then later applied to be a citizen so now he can vote and buy land without the whole run about and extra stuff and other stuff that comes along with being a citizen but I can't because I am not one, I just can get a passport because my mom was born there.
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aussiemum, you still have to register for Selective Service, but there has been no draft in operation since the 1970s and never will be. The armed forces don't want conscripts; they want an all volunteer army.

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Thanks Alexis, I understand that the military would prefer all volunteers, I guess it's just the idea that my DS is legally required to put his name on the list because his mother was born in the US that really bothers me. I'm (just) old enough to remember when there was a draft in the US, and grew up with many men in my life who were conscripts to Vietnam. With respect, I don't buy the 'it will never be/ would never happen' argument.

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