Re-Introduce National Service for youth unemployed.

9 Comments 30th October 2014

Re-introduce compulsory National Service for anyone aged 18 or over who isn't in further education and is unemployed. Particularly those individuals who have NEVER had a job.

Compulsory National Service could also be used as an alternative to prison in cases of petty crime or reoffence.

They could be paid a wage, say at NMW, which would be partly funded by the reduction in paying out dole money or not having to keep them in prison.

Why does this matter?

This idea is important as it would reduce the number of unemployed youths that hang around street corners and town centres terrorising law-abiding citizens and instill in these people a sence of national pride and discipline.

Todays youth generation need to have their attitudes changed and begiven something to believe in and to be proud of. A term in the Services could teach them a trade and give them the necessary skills and experience for securing employment after their service is concluded.

We might even be able to fill the skills gap and not have to rely on foreign workers to fill some skilled vacancies.

The prison population, with all of its associated costs, could be reduced significantly if those youths imprisoned for petty crime or reoffending were given National Service as an alternative. I can see this being a much better way to reform these characters than prison ever can.

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9 Responses to Re-Introduce National Service for youth unemployed.

  1. Mike Lange says:

    I served in H.M Forces for 12 Years in the National Service years.It taught me discipline and respect for others.It must be a cheaper and better option than just giving money to these layabouts for nothing.If I was younger I would like to knock these wasters into a self disciplined condition.Put them on Active Service and wake them up.I was on Active Service in Borneo 1963 and feel my suggestion is justified.
    Michael Lange (Ex Royal Artillery,Royal air Force and Navy)1958-1970)

  2. PT says:

    I think it’s a great idea. I think that National Service would be brilliant for anyone coming out of school and not going into further education. Especially for anyone coming out of an unstructured family background it will instil discipline and a sense of teamwork and community I don’t think we see as often as we used to. I was lucky, my parents dinned it into me, but we can’t blame kids who don’t have that instilled in them, for not having a sense of fair play or honour or duty (to themselves, each other, their communities). How could they?

    I don’t refer to people who are unemployed as layabouts or wasters though, because I’ve been long term unemployed myself and I know it wasn’t for want of trying. Some do try very hard, but if there are three jobs and three hundred applicants…. guess what? You can’t call 297 people wasters by default.

  3. Ray Bottomley says:

    National Service is the answer.Young men and women at the age of 16 should be given two options, either stay on for one more year to attain A levels then uni, or national service. To me National service from ages of 16 to 19 should be compulsory. It will offer the following benefits;
    1. Take kids off the streets and into paid for accomdataion – old RAF and Army bases would be ideal.
    2. Would save on jobseekers allowance as they would be employed and have a minimum wage
    3. Work in the community, floods, assistamce to the aged etc etc
    4. teach them discipline, repect and honour to others and more importantly themselves
    5. teach the kids valuable life lessons, money management and basic skills
    6. Give parents around the country time, space and peace of mind that their kids are safe
    Come on Mr caneron, please please consider this

  4. Jon says:

    We could make all community workers unemployed as the kids will be doing it, we could make all Council gardners unemployed as the cheap kids will do the work, likewise anyone with a semi skilled physical job can be replaced by cheap child labour. Perhaps we should get some of the child labour experts over from India and other SE Asian countries.

    Does the our highly skilled and professional Armed Forces really want a load of unmotivated dossers?

    What trade do you learn in the infantry?

  5. J Robertson says:

    Bad idea.
    (1) People react to strangers, discplin and physical excercise in different ways. For some people it’s unpleasant. Ask people who did national service in the past.
    (2) Some people are able to contribute a lot at a young age by creating jobs, music, or whatever. Less so if in uniform.
    (3) A minority of ex-service people have trouble re-integrating and end-up as heavy drinkers, rough sleepers or whatever. Conclude what you like from that.

    I should probably post an idea that full time soldiers should perform trades in peace time, for example by running some ambulances or bidding as a regiment to do building jobs. That way, the minimum necessary full-time military are more prepared for civilian life and cost less to the taxpayer.

  6. Common Sense says:

    Right, so when there is mass unemployment because of failing schools and mass immigration to the country leaving no opportunities for teens they should be forced to do national service instead of pursuing their own goals and aspirations just to please people in positions of privilege?
    Don’t think so somehow, and I can guarantee it won’t be happening to non Muslims for a start off, they will have a religious reason for not doing it.

  7. The Fenners says:

    I did at first think this was a great idea but thanks to the good comments above my opinion has changed. National Service to a country that looks after it’s own people first yes, but not this country who expects manners and discipline from Brits but turns a blind eye to foriegn ignorance and bad behaviour. The rest of my bit goes on more in a right wing sort of way. Wink Wink ………………………………………… !

  8. Maxell says:

    I don’t think we could do this in a multicultural society as a lot of those called up would be fighting for the other side in times of war. There is no coherent society anymore to allow this.

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