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Steph0804 replied...
Sept. 4, 2011 at 8:07 am

I actually live in one of those countries where the men have to join the military for two years...  But I'm a girl :P

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nutmeg123 replied...
Sept. 18, 2011 at 11:57 am

((its not february anymore...))

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pheebz88 replied...
Dec. 3, 2011 at 3:00 pm

No, I don't believe that we should have a similar policy in the United States.  One of the main reasons people wanted to and still want to immigrate to the United States is that entering the military is optional.  If we started enforcing this rule, we would do to the immigrants exaclty what they didn't want. I also don't think that we can enforce a rule like this because we are a democracy.  According to the Constitution, we have the right to make our own decisions.  If we have the right to make our own decisions, we cannot be forced against our will to serve in the military for two years.

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WriterMolly replied...
Jan. 21, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Honestly, I believe that there will always be people who are willing to serve their country. For many, fighting is human nature, so therefore I think that military service should not be a requirement for those who have no desire to.

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dmimima replied...
Jan. 25, 2012 at 11:57 pm

There isn't any reason that the US would need to force people into the miltary. I feel like their is more than enough people who willingly join the miltary. People who honestly that is what they want to do after high school. I've come across a lot of kids who told me that was their dream was to graduate then go to the miltary. So that being said we definitely don't need to force people into joining the miltary.

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Mar. 14, 2012 at 9:24 pm

After reading these posts, it seems like people are forgetting about a major point here: we DO have a required military service protocal when we are at war and in need of troops. It's called a draft. We did it during the vietnam war. Resisting or fleeing a draft is a punishable crime, you know.

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IMSteel replied...
Dec. 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm

I don't particularly like to get involved in these kinds of conversations, but...in answer to your most nessecary post, I think that, although military strength is good on the side of defence, but I have several reasons to disagree with the idea of forced military service: 1. People should be free to choose what they would want to do, and many people would not want to be forced into service.  If you look through History, armies have been misused, and people pressed into service, and much of the time, it does not end well. 

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Sparkle1pops replied...
Dec. 27, 2012 at 12:37 am

But why would Russia invade us?

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Dikinz replied...
Jan. 5, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Since we all are free people, i think that we should choose weather we want to participate i or stay out of it, because the majority of people are against war. 
Something like that. 

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Animatrix replied...
Jan. 6, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Valid point!

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LordHelen replied...
Feb. 1, 2014 at 11:59 pm

Personally, I agree with the idea of the U.S. as a free country. Doesn't forcing someone to participate in something take away some of that freedom? Also, many people, like me, are opposed to war. It would be wrong to force them to do something they don't approve of. Besides, my dad was a marine and I can safely say that the U.S. military is not yet desperate enough to force girls to go to war, putting their lives on hold for something they may not even want to do.

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JzudKaar replied...
Mar. 13, 2014 at 8:59 pm

But what if what you believe is wrong is simply survival. What i your death is guaranteed unless soemthing is done. Is fighting, then still unworthy of your attention. Even if you could aid the salvation of millions of lives?

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NOIZTHIMS replied...
Apr. 17, 2014 at 5:23 pm

haiku? awesome...
what, military?                                                                     the government rules us all                                             I say, strongly, no

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NOIZTHIMS replied...
Apr. 17, 2014 at 5:23 pm

oops, format got messed up, but you can figure it out

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KittyKat1419 replied...
Jul. 25, 2015 at 6:51 pm

These sound like very good ideas and I look foreward to using these in my future writings, however now none of them seem fit for my mood.
Thanks anyway! 

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thisEmilyda1 replied...
Oct. 15, 2015 at 11:03 am

We shouldn't force men to join the army for many reasons. In America we have the freedom to choose what religion we belong to, what we say and do, who we fall in love with, who we vote for, etc. we also have the choice between weather we serve in the military or not. Some churches, like mine even offer church missions to serve the lord and teach his gospel. The missions in my church last two years, so forcing them to join the military might interfere with missions for the church, college, family, work, basically their whole lives.and then it might interfere with certain beliefs and religious practice as well. I know many do not believe in war and shouldn't be forced to practice that against their freedom of choice. There are other reasons as well, but I believe this is why we shouldn't make young men serve in the military if they don't want to. I do think that the military should remain open and continue to bring in new people, but only those who choose to join.

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Daniel.W.EvensenThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 9, 2016 at 12:17 pm

Yes. We should have a policy in the United States because It would build up our military and it would insure each and every young man would have had a chance to serve his nation. The women will have their chance serving in the medical fields of the military such as they did in WWII.

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mashalsohail1 replied...
Mar. 22, 2016 at 2:51 pm

Agreed, military strength is very important as it backs up the countries confidence and enlighten it with leaps and bounds.

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BuddingRose replied...
May 2, 2016 at 12:48 pm

I believe that in a country with such religious and political diversity as the United States, a required military service would most likely fail.
Most religions, including Jehovah's Witnesses (hope I spelled that correctly) have firm pacifist beliefs, meaning that life is so precious, that to take life from a man is a crime against humanity. To the various religions that practice peace, the thought of fighting thier bretheren is almost unthinkable. 
Also, many organizations are anti-war in nature. For example, the Libertarian Party opposes the current war in Iraq, Syria, and other locations in the Middle East. 
On the other hand, many pacifists hold a belief that war is accepable under certain circumstances, meaning that if thier is a justified reason for fighting, they will take part in it. However, if this country would mandate a draft that required military service, and in the pacifist's mind, they believe that it is unjust, they will refuse, even if it meant imprisionment. 
In conclusion, I believe that, even though it would seem like a good idea, A draft will not work in the United States. 

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atarah replied...
Jun. 21, 2017 at 6:22 am

what u want to try ??

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