Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick
mckitterick

Mandatory national service = citizenship? Your thoughts?

Re: this:
http://www.congress.org/congressorg/issues/alert/?alertid=5834001&content_dir=ua_congressorg

and this:
http://snopes.com/politics/military/draft.asp

Y'know, I would have no problem with requiring two years of national service right after high school of anyone who wishes to be an American citizen. Remember Heinlein? Sorta like that. But I disagree with Heinlein and others that it must be military service. In fact, that would counter the notion that this is good for America, because people would be force to do something they might be morally opposed to and cause protests.

However, most people (yes, most) right outta high school (or new to the country and seeking citizenship) ought to spend some time doing good for their country. Two years of paid volunteerism, seeing how the bottom half lives while becoming part of the country and learning who they are: That seems like a good idea.

If this resolution spelled out that the individual could pick their path (community projects, working with the homeless, cleaning up industrial spills, you name it), then I would support it! Honestly, how many kids are ready for college at 17 or 18? But I, for one, would have fought being forced into the military; heck, I would have bitched about having to do other service, but then kids of that age bitch just on principle.

How about you? Would you support mandatory national service where the hopeful citizen would be able to choose their path? A true rite of passage to citizenship. I predict it would increase the percentage of voters, too.

Chris
Subscribe

  • AnLab Award finalist!

    WOOHOO! I'm a finalist for the AnLab Award for my novelette, " Ashes of Exploding Suns, Monuments to Dust"! Analog Science Fiction &…

  • Publishing News!

    Analog just published my essay, “ Literal Metaphors, Science Fiction, and How to Save the Human Species” on their Astounding…

  • "Why so little socially progressive speculative fiction?"

    This post couldn't have appeared on my Tumblr dash at a better-timed moment: …because I’m working on a question someone posed…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 11 comments

  • AnLab Award finalist!

    WOOHOO! I'm a finalist for the AnLab Award for my novelette, " Ashes of Exploding Suns, Monuments to Dust"! Analog Science Fiction &…

  • Publishing News!

    Analog just published my essay, “ Literal Metaphors, Science Fiction, and How to Save the Human Species” on their Astounding…

  • "Why so little socially progressive speculative fiction?"

    This post couldn't have appeared on my Tumblr dash at a better-timed moment: …because I’m working on a question someone posed…