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Nickel
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Date Posted:11/10/2018 9:22 PMCopy HTML

The following thirty-two countries have been identified as having compulsory military service terms longer than 18 months:

  •  Senegal (2 years, selective)
  •  Singapore (22 months, without regard to Full-Time National Service in the Singapore Civil Defence Force or Singapore Police Force, under the Ministry of Home Affairs)[14]
  •  Somalia (uncertain)
  •  Syria (2 years Army & Air force, 18 months in the Navy)
  •  Sudan (1–2 years, both sexes)
  •  Tajikistan (2 years)
  •  Thailand (2 years for involuntarily drafted men, 6 months for volunteers)
  •  Turkmenistan (2 years)
  •  Togo (2 years, selective)
  •  UAE (3 years, for High school dropouts)
  •  Vietnam (2 years since 2016, selective)
  •  Yemen (2 years service minimum obligation)

There are countries that require less.  My recruiter signed me for two years, some in my platoon had been signed for three and four and were angry when they discovered some of us were active service for two.  However, we were all full of sympathy for the one woman who had signed active for the whole six year obligation. Women were not compulsory enlistments, but they helped make quotas for recruiters.

What goes around, comes around.
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Re:Compulsory Military Service

Date Posted:11/10/2018 9:32 PMCopy HTML

The following twelve countries and colonies have been identified as having both compulsory and voluntary military service:



Many weekend warriors found themselves obligated to tours in Iraq, having signed the dotted line only for the extra money.

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North Korea requires 11 years of men and 7 years of women. Wow. Conscription in South Korea (not listed) has existed since 1957 and requires male citizens between the ages of 18 and 35 to perform about two years of compulsory military service.[1][2] Women are not required to perform military service, but may voluntarily enlist.[3] Though it’s a common fear and complaint in Korean Dramas, the military obligation is also viewed as a way to correct wayward youths. Two women from New York City in my platoon were given the choice between going to jail and joining the military. They were scary until the makeup and clothes came off then, level with the rest of us, they didn’t prove tough at all.
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I almost joined the Navy, and almost the Marines, but something told me not to: my young bride. So, given my final unwillingness to volunteer, I’m not sure how much I support compulsory service but if it were all-but-universal I wouldn’t oppose it. I think it would give us a better grounding as a people when our politicians start calling for military actions all over the damned world.

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Date Posted:11/10/2018 11:45 PMCopy HTML

Mixed feelings on compulsory service.


Yeah, I'd like presidents and congress critters loved ones drafted into the wars they're always starting.


On the other hand;  slavery... ick.


It's a conundrum.

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Not much to learn after Boot Camp, the most memorable weeks of my life. So, two years of service with four left in the reserves gave me everything I needed for the rest of my life: college education, travel, and distance from family, the top three reasons I signed the dotted line. Of course there’s security, three meals a day, shelter and clothes that concern all women on their own. By the time husband retired after 22 years we had all the college needed for him to go to the College of Law and me to get a Masters Degree. Three children who wanted to, went to college and graduated, while our oldest started and stopped so many times, has never finished. He became a Tribal Court Judge, but I only taught long enough to pay off my student loans. Benefits are not as good as they were for us, but still attractive. The military puts people from all over the country together for a common purpose: protecting our freedom and ways of life. It’s the most unifying entity, more than public schools. Public schools divide between those using textbooks from Texas and those schools using books from Minnesota. K-12 students are still stuck in their community unless their family moves. Colleges accepting students from all over, especially the top high school athletes is somewhat unifying. Still nothing like the military experience, civilians just don’t get how valuable it is on so many levels, despite knowing people who have served. Both the military and college are good places for high school graduates to hang until they get a job: they learn and gain experience for the interview. No guarantees, but .... I preferred college students who had served in the military because the willing student makes your day while the party goer can’t help dozing off is a real drag to educate. College students were not in my plan; my plan was high school, but the job available was with the know it all students who had no idea they didn’t know it all. Anyway, I paid off my student loans at 8% interest.
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Re:Compulsory Military Service

Date Posted:11/16/2018 5:52 AMCopy HTML

The military puts people from all over the country together for a common purpose:  protecting our freedom and ways of life.


That's the label on the bottle, certainly.  I expect the 'putting people from all over the country together' is the primary benefit. 


What our military is being used for today and since the end of WWII is primarily enriching politicians and military hardware manufacturers.

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