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  • Of course not. That's frankly ridiculous and not to mention sexist.
  • That would be gender discrimination.
  • no as it is a violation of your rights
  • No. But I believe in order to qualify for food stamps, welfare, unemployment benefits, etc., one should have to graduate high school and serve at least 2 years in the military or civil service. We need to concentrate more on the Bill of Responsibilities in this country, instead of just on the Bill of Rights.
  • No no no...An all volunteer force is the only way to go.
  • NO! Why should the young men and women put their lives on the line to make the rich richer and die for the privledge to do so... No war has been faught for "freedom"! They were fought for land aquisition and for money. Whom has started all wars? Governments instigate wars for one reason or another and it makes those whom supply the materials to fight that war richer. Where would Boeing aircraft be today if it were not for the thousands of B17s is supplied during WWII? People need to quit waving the flag and believing they are dieing for freedom! I know my answer will be unhappy with you flag wavers but if you study it and think about it you will find I am right...and I did serve in the military so don't go there either.
  • Definitely no. Nobody should be forced to fight in a war that they don't support or feel is necessary. Why should men have to join the military and not women? Women can fight as soldiers. They do it every day now.
  • As a person in the military, i dont want anyone there who doesnt wanna be there...how can you know they have your back? a certain sense of pride is required to be a soldier, and if they dont posses that then they are worthless
  • No, I think all Americans should have a national service obligation after high school and before college. One of the writers wrote that there should be a Bill of Responsibilities along with the Bill of Rights, I completely agree.
  • Hell no. The US has a colourful history when it comes to war. Why should citizens be forced to participate in activities that go against their principles?
  • I don't think there should be. A soldier who doesn't want to be there will just be a problem. Those who join freely are dedicated to it and those they serve with. I think our current volunteer system is fine. I agree with a draft in dire situations, specifically defense but not as a means to fight wars not wanted by the populace. I think a strong reserve force is a wise move also.
  • No. For one thing, the American prison population is currently approaching 2.5 million. At least that amount probably SHOULD be in prison. Those numbers are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to unfit Americans. The U.S. military is, for the most part, made up of fine men and women, whose ranks should not be contaminated by the likes of the above. +5
  • I am taking the flip side of this and tell ya a little story........... Back in college as I was a senior ('80) I was busted for 2 pounds of pot. Rightfully so I was quilty as charged, I stood up and was accountable for my actions. I was given a choice to have intervention which would be enlist in the Army or head to jail for 2 years, my choice but what a choice to make.....not thrilled with either choice I enlisted in the Army, served this country on the active duty list for the next 10 years. It was the most rewarding experience in my life. Of course then I did not view it as such but it was at Fort Dix that I learned HONOR, DUTY, COUNTRY...most of all I learned something that is lacking in this country and within me at the time R E S P E C T so in my case the experience was great in making me the type of person I am today. . Point being, with the way people are today it is something worth talking about. . And to whomever said "people should stop waving the flag" and followed it up with "you were in the Military so don't go there" I say to you BULLSHIT.....My father served in 'Nam the war that had no meaning...And he came back as proud as my Brothers/Sisters are today!!!!His country calls and he went, if they called me I would go, because I owe that much to the country I have pledge my alligence too! I wish to reap the benefits of this great nation I must be willing to do my part to protect it. And thats my job as a citizen of the USA!
  • NO, but I would like to share with you my experience upon arriving in bootcamp in San Diego. The DI greeted the buses, some 200 of us, and said "Welcome, you guys are here for one of three reasons. 1) You are in trouble with the law. 2) You're hungry and got no where to sleep. 3) You're patriotic. And I bet my stripes that not a one of you are here for reason number 3"! 1961.
  • It's a good concept. It teaches one alot about responsibility and respect. And it shows you there are somethings that are bigger than yourself and are worth fighting for. Though, it does work in alot of countries, it wouldn't work here in the US.
  • I might not be so opposed if it were a purely defensive force... but it seems we almost never do any defense anymore, and the offense leads to too many ethical concerns. So... no.
  • I am clearly against any compulsory service. Finally it is a democratic decision of a country. But I deeply hope that Germany will soon abolish their whole army because there is not any need for the Germans to have an army now.
  • I like Israel's system that everyone, male and female, serves. I think we'd have fewer wars if everyone shouldered the burden, and Women would be more likely to be treated as equals if they had served as equals.
  • Not Exactly. I think they should be required to do SOME kind of grueling service. Whether it be military, or peace corps or something else. But I also believe that EVERY American should be made to work for their citizenship like we do the immigrants.
  • no, HAVE YOU SEEN THE PHISICAL SHAPE OF SOME OF US????
  • No, it wouldn't work. It was one of the issues of the Vietnam War. What happens when you train people to kill that have no interest in being in combat? Nothing pretty. They do things that endanger fellow soldiers or commit unethical atrocities to punish those deemed the enemy for being there. And that hate leaves the combat zone to mushroom cloud somewhere at home. Some people don't make good soldiers for physical, social, psychological and/or ethical reasons. Better to pull the best from those who desire to be there than those who don't. It's foolish to assume everyone will better for the experience.
  • It is a decision of the american government and the american people.
  • And I quote randomness: May,07 2009 at 04:19 AM "My house does not get 'burglarized' all that frequently, and if it did I would file an insurance claim and move on." . Chasing it just isn't worth the time it would take to educate this person, the ramblings of the thought process and not to mention the examples being used would take a life time to explain to this person with respect to what is expected of a "law officer"; she would rather point out typos to satisfy her own silly ego!
  • randomness once again you are wrong. statistics are a load of crap. they are scientifically unreliable too many outside influences. and Eileen never insulted you, that would have been me, and you make it easy to do so. and you asked a question in your answer so we answered your question/answer. you continued to argue. which i do enjoy. especially when my opponent is so obviously wrong.
  • No. We don't need to go to that type of military. There is no way I would want to deal with draftees or conscripts.
  • No. We have a completely voluntary military right now and it works great. People forced into service will not put thier best effort into it.
  • Recruiters are already turning away potential enlistees and raising educational standards to make it harder for *volunteers* to get in. So exactly what would it accomplish to flood the military with an endless supply of less qualified candidates - what problem are you trying to solve? http://www.dailyfinance.com/2009/05/13/military-enlistments-up-are-these-the-first-stimulus-jobs/
  • Hells no!
  • I am not a fan of anything that the government mandates that is not necessary. It is not necessary that all American males (or females, for that matter) join the military at any time during their lives. Honestly, I think the U.S. has enough soldiers as it is, and throwing a bunch of unwilling conscripts in is not going to help anything. I know that if I was being forced to join the military against my will, I would want to leave the country and find one that allows me to have a little more freedom.
  • No. I served and I am happy to have done it, but forcing someone to serve is simply a variety of slavery to the state, something that as a soldier you might be called upon to fight against. Involuntary service has historically not been good for morale either so no. Since I have the floor however, I would say that anybody who joins after high school should get a taxpayer funded college education after their service, or during if they commit to a career in the service.
  • No. i don't. i believe whatever you do in life should always be your own choice. if you CHOSE to join the army, fair enough. if not, no one else should put YOUR life on the line but yourself.
  • I'm not American, but I wouldn't want that law introduced in my own country, people should be in the military because they want to be, not because they are forced.

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