Is it time to bring back conscription? Apart from preparing young people on the many and various ways of killing people, and teaching them trades useful in that purpose, did it convert teenagers into human beings with skills available and useful to society and give purpose to their hormone-filled lives?
I am too young to remember the 1950s conscription but I remember people saying that it gave youngsters self discipline. As an additional point to our planning discussion, I got an email from Aubrey saying that he had been planning to join us for this discussion as he remembers it well. Maybe we could get some comments here from people who actually do remember it. As for binging it in now, after all this self-isolation is over I think we may all have learnt a lot especially having time to think about life, our community and the world.
I think it’s a good idea to get people who were conscripted to give their impressions of their time in the armed forces. Did it change their view on life, did they use any skills gained in what they did afterwards?
And out of curiosity, how easy did you find this system to use?