Originally Posted by HR RODRIGUEZ
i personally dont think the military is for every1.some ppl r just cnfused n jump rightg in to something they dont know about.or they choose a job or branch on a spurrs notice because they're mad at mommy n daddy. thety say they need to get away n do soething with their lives which is understandable.but they need 2 b in some good physical n mental health.i've seen some ppl crack just bekause they got chewed out or they failed a pft or some sort.if some1 does join they need to think of not just for school or the money but the years to come while in the service.
First of all, if you're going to participate in conversations here, please type properly.
Second, welcome to the Forums. If you could head on over to the Welcoming section, and provide a quick rundown on yourself, that would be great.
Now, onto the issue. Mandatory service wouldn't be a great idea. While the idea has its advantages, there are also several disadvantages, many of which have been mentioned. Conscription (especially in 'peacetime') can have an adverse effect on the morale of the troops, and the nation as a whole. There would be many people forced to join the military, which would create a major disciplinary and administrative burden on their superiors because of a general unwillingness to serve, as well as a mentality of "if I cause trouble for these people, they'll let me go". And that can take its toll on unit cohesion and morale.
Another issue would be payment. A large influx of conscripts would mean more money has to be spent on paying them, as well as volunteer troops. Considering the current Canadian economy, this would be extremely difficult. Sure, we could just not pay them, but in all honesty...as there is no threat to their way of life or their families, they would want to at least be paid for putting their life on the line, daily. This, coupled together with the cost of training and equipping these new troops would be enormous.
In general and as many before me have already said, conscription should only be used in times of absolute crisis.
"Conscription if necessary, but not necessarily conscription" - William Lyon Mackenzie King on conscription during WWII