No time or need for outdated and irrelevant National Service

Dorset Echo: CONTROVERSIAL: A bill to introduce National Service had its second reading in Parliament CONTROVERSIAL: A bill to introduce National Service had its second reading in Parliament

YESTERDAY, a bill backed by Tory MP Philip Hollobone had its second reading in Parliament, calling for the return of National Service.

Whilst it may have thrived at the time of the First and Second World Wars, I believe that the education system today means that the rejuvenation of National Service would be irrational, unpopular and unproductive.

When I hear the words National Service, I think of conscription. After all, throughout the 30s, 40s and 1950s that’s essentially what it was.

Males between the ages of 18 and 26 could be told to report to a military base and then shipped away within a week.

Whether building bridges on a Royal Engineer course in Cyprus, or providing nursing support to troops in Korea, participants could expect to have their lives brought to a stop at any time.

If National Service was to return in 2014, it’s not difficult to see why it would take a rather different shape.

Considering the huge loss of life among young soldiers during the 20th century, a replication of the original national service would be scandalous, and this is something that Hollobone of course is aware of.

As a result he has instead drawn up plans of service to enhance the ‘self respect, personal reliance, discipline and behaviour’ of 18 to 26-year-olds.

He claims that the program will run with the NHS, yet admits that military service will still be involved.

If this plan was to go ahead, it might mean that education would be greatly affected.

Having to take two years out of studying, at a time when I would be preparing for further exams, would mean that years of work would need to be re-learned.

The original National Service aimed to supply men with jobs by learning a trade, with more teenagers going to university than taking jobs, this would now be aimless. National Service is irrelevant for the 21st century.

As a result of its downfalls, it’s extremely unlikely that this bill will be passed, yet there certainly is room for MP Hollobone’s intentions.

Young people should be taught respect and cooking skills, and I believe that we live in an intolerant society. But there is no need for National Service. These types of schemes were effective 80 years ago, not today. There is no question that we could benefit from money management advice and the other courses offered in the Bill, yet offering it in this manner just isn’t the way forward.

Any plan would need to stripped of any military connotations and added to the curriculum at secondary education, where it could be effective, rather than simply disruptive.

If MP Hollobone is so keen on teaching teenagers manners and life skills, then this would surely be a more appropriate course of action.

A career information fair for anyone under 25 will be held at Dorchester’s Corn Exchange on Thursday, April 10 from 2pm until 5pm. You will be able to get advice on education, employment, health and housing.

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4:31pm Sat 1 Mar 14

mr commonsense says...

May we know who wrote this drivel please Mr Echo ?.
May we know who wrote this drivel please Mr Echo ?. mr commonsense
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5:45pm Sat 1 Mar 14

marabout says...

Young people should be taught respect and cooking skills


Oh My God - Please don't allow the writer of this garbage out on the streets.
Young people should be taught respect and cooking skills Oh My God - Please don't allow the writer of this garbage out on the streets. marabout
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4:52am Sun 2 Mar 14

bigfatlad says...

Philip Hollobone is a right-wing nut job. Hardly news, is it?
Philip Hollobone is a right-wing nut job. Hardly news, is it? bigfatlad
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8:36pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Vinnyramone says...

mr commonsense wrote:
May we know who wrote this drivel please Mr Echo ?.
Mr Commonsence - rather than making a glib empty statement, could you please explain why you think this is drivel? This seems like a well thought out view given from a teenager's perspective. I presume you think like Mr Hollobone (Hollowskull?) and believe all youths are ill educated yobs who need to be marched around and bullied before they are of any use.
[quote][p][bold]mr commonsense[/bold] wrote: May we know who wrote this drivel please Mr Echo ?.[/p][/quote]Mr Commonsence - rather than making a glib empty statement, could you please explain why you think this is drivel? This seems like a well thought out view given from a teenager's perspective. I presume you think like Mr Hollobone (Hollowskull?) and believe all youths are ill educated yobs who need to be marched around and bullied before they are of any use. Vinnyramone
  • Score: 2

8:37pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Vinnyramone says...

marabout wrote:
Young people should be taught respect and cooking skills


Oh My God - Please don't allow the writer of this garbage out on the streets.
"Young people should be taught respect and cooking skills" is quoting Mr Hollobone's ideas - so I agree, Mr Hollobone shouldn't be let out on the streets!
[quote][p][bold]marabout[/bold] wrote: Young people should be taught respect and cooking skills Oh My God - Please don't allow the writer of this garbage out on the streets.[/p][/quote]"Young people should be taught respect and cooking skills" is quoting Mr Hollobone's ideas - so I agree, Mr Hollobone shouldn't be let out on the streets! Vinnyramone
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9:10pm Mon 3 Mar 14

George Best says...

I agree with most of what is written in this article - and a break in a youth's education would serve no benefit to anyone. Especially to do some kind of menial task that pays minimum wage. And what effect would that have on the people currently employed doing those jobs?

Perhaps national service should just be for those school leavers who do not work at school and leave without qualifications? (Controversial - but may inspire them to work at school?) But military service? No - would you really want to give a gun to some of those kids?
I agree with most of what is written in this article - and a break in a youth's education would serve no benefit to anyone. Especially to do some kind of menial task that pays minimum wage. And what effect would that have on the people currently employed doing those jobs? Perhaps national service should just be for those school leavers who do not work at school and leave without qualifications? (Controversial - but may inspire them to work at school?) But military service? No - would you really want to give a gun to some of those kids? George Best
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