Should Britain bring back compulsory military service? You Have Your Say.
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A national YouGov survey has revealed that 18 to 24-year-olds are strongly opposed to the idea of bringing back national service.
The question asks: "Would you support or oppose bringing back compulsory military service for young people, who would serve for a month with the armed forces?"
While over 65s were in favour of the idea, with 74% voting in support, only 10% of 18-24-year-olds said they thought it would be a good idea, with 62% opposing and 28% saying that they did not know.
In total, 48% of people voted in support, 36% against, and 16% said they did not know.
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Many commented that imposing National Service would teach respect and resilience to "generation snowflake", whilst others argued that any National Service should include forces outside of the military.
Many of those opposed said that the military should remain a professional force and that it was up to parents and schools to teach the necessary values to their children.
National Service was first introduced in the UK in 1947 to resolve a shortage of manpower in the military in the wake of the Second World War.
Men aged between 17 and 21 were required to undertake a period of service from between six to 18 months.
But, from 1960 onwards National Service gradually came to an end, with call-ups formally ending on 31st December 1960.
Source - Forces.net