Originally Posted by major liability
The quality of conscripts is always inferior to that of volunteers. Unless they are particularly self-motivated conscripts.
I'd say definitely no. Most of the people around my age (18) over here are simply unfit for service for psychological reasons. I don't think they could take it. And they'd resent their country for forcing them into it.
Save the draft for an emergency.
I totally agree with ML.
I taught and counseled at Australia's army recruit training centre (where 5,000 new army recruits entered every year) and the significant number of coping problems from even volunteers who voluntarily entered into tough disciplined training would multiply a thousand fold from unwilling and compulsory recruits. A small number of conscripts may be surprised how good it is and become good soldiers but the problems and drama's that training staff would have to deal with (self harm threats, desertion, breakdowns) could see the training facility collapse (staff-recruit conflict, staff resignations / discharges).
You also have to remember that you need the staff and buildings and facilities and budget to cope with extra conscripted recruits. Like Australia, I don't think canada could sustain this but of course in a national emergency this is what we would do as an economic and national priority.