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Should military conscription be banned?

Conscription, also known as compulsory military service, is the practice of requiring military service of all qualifying individuals within a nation. Chiefly known for having been employed during the First and Second World Wars, the duration of modern-day conscription can range anywhere from two weeks to two years. But does conscription foster hyper-nationalism and unhealthy aggression? Is the government sending the message that war is inevitable? Or is conscription simply a means of building character and strength?

Yes, military conscription should be banned.

Military conscription is unnecessary in the modern world and sees more detriments than benefits.

It violates free will

As a compulsory mandate, no one has the final say over whether they are drafted or not. Explore

It interferes with important aspects of a person's life

Education, work, and personal ambitions are often compromised by mandatory military service Explore

The quality of military service is heavily compromised

The conscription model focuses on quantity rather than quality, undermining the efforts of experienced, self-selecting soldiers Explore

Not everyone is fit for it

Several conscripts are not mentally or physically able to withstand training, and the law often does not account for this Explore

No, military conscription should not be banned

Military conscription provides more benefits than otherwise and acts in the greater interest of a nation's security and welfare

It promotes equality amongst citizens

As conscription mandates that anyone, regardless of socioeconomic status or background, can be conscripted, it promotes social equality Explore

It promotes national unity and pride

Countries that practice conscription create a culture that allows those who have undergone service to bond over and acknowledge the work of those in the military Explore

Conscripts are trained in useful disciplines and skills

It depends; military conscription may be appropriate or inappropriate in certain circumstances

This page was last edited on Thursday, 5 Mar 2020 at 12:11 UTC