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13-08-2019, 08:50 PM
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I was talking to one of my neighbours and he thinks we should
bring back National Service to sort out the young team that are out of control like the stabbings in London.
My argument with that is a lot of them are on drugs
I was in the army in the 1970s and a few tours in Ireland you watched each others back you depended on the man next to you and he on you so I don't see how bringing that back would work out
in todays world
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13-08-2019, 09:11 PM
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In my opinion - it should never have been stopped.

To reintroduce it now would depend on the format. If like the original it was for military service - I believe it would be a mistake. It would just teach the thugs and muggers better ways of over powering and killing people for their own ends.

If, on the other hand, it was to make said thugs and muggers do some form of community service - or even to teach them a trade - then it might work.
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13-08-2019, 09:22 PM
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Do we really want thugs and criminals doing community service ?
They would be ok litter picking or something harmless I suppose but they would have to be supervised .
Chain gang comes to mind how would they be controlled ?
After the easy and lucrative pickings of criminality how would they be forced to learn a trade ?
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13-08-2019, 09:38 PM
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I only knew one squaddie, he had the biggest ever chip on his shoulder, before he enlisted, he demobbed and is now in receipt of benefits, according to distant relatives, the procedure didn't do that geezer any favours, just as he didn't do himself any.
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13-08-2019, 09:39 PM
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Originally Posted by spitfire ->
I only knew one squaddie, he had the biggest ever chip on his shoulder, before he enlisted, he demobbed and is now in receipt of benefits, according to distant relatives, the procedure didn't do that geezer any favours, just as he didn't do himself any.
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You are right, Spitty.
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13-08-2019, 10:27 PM
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Originally Posted by pathfinder ->
I was talking to one of my neighbours and he thinks we should
bring back National Service to sort out the young team that are out of control like the stabbings in London.
My argument with that is a lot of them are on drugs
I was in the army in the 1970s and a few tours in Ireland you watched each others back you depended on the man next to you and he on you so I don't see how bringing that back would work out
in todays world
It would hopefully teach them discipline and maybe some respect too. It could give them a purpose and maybe some trade skills could be used in a community service project.
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13-08-2019, 10:30 PM
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What about PTSD?
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13-08-2019, 10:40 PM
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This might sound a bit extreme, and I'm not sure if it's a good idea (which probably wouldn't happen anyway) but for those children who show an inclination to being wayward and disruptive within society, and In particular the school environment , where they seem to rebel against any form of authority, why not have a military school for them to be transferred to ? Boarding away from the home territory and learning as in a regular school but with strict criteria , rules and regs., along with respect and understanding for fellow humans.
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13-08-2019, 10:42 PM
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It would never work.

Society has changed too much and it can never be returned to what it once was.
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Like a Borstal?
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