I’ve been reading a Manga about how an Emperor named Zheng unified China of Qin Dynasty and raised China under a single banner, it’s a bit ambitious but in modern times like today it’s called military conscription. It is a strategy used by countries a long time ago to build large army ready to be deployed in times of war or when the need to protect the sovereignty of the state arises.
When we were having our communications module in the Philippine Military Academy, our instructor assigned us a task to come up with a topic that solves one of our country’s problem. In the Philippines, among many problems encountered by our Armed Forces are insurgents, freedom fighters, terrorist groups and other organizations alike.
So what I got in mind is formulating an army that could actually face these organizations head-on without setting aside the others, one of which is Military Conscription.
First, it promotes National Unity and allows its citizens to learn and train together, creating that shared experience of having served in the military. Then there is also that general understanding of what it’s like to be in the military service, citizens are able to understand and develop an appreciation for the sacrifices of what people in the Armed Forces do for their country and all of these can bring people together. And before they attack our country they will think first before doing so knowing that our nation is filled with volunteered military personnel.
Second, it can provide useful skills, many militaries who pursued their career in civilian workplace mentioned several other skills and work-related attitudes that help them well in their job. These include teamwork, responsibility, initiative, stress management and global awareness. Others also learned the habits of healthy living and discipline as well as the skills in self-defense.
Third, Military Conscription promotes equality among citizens, in which nobody will be exempted from facing wars. Be they Celebrities, Business Tycoons or just ordinary people, they will be required to serve when the nation is facing war or in need of extra soldiers. It also promotes respect among the men and women in the military, because soldiers are trained thoroughly to respect freedom and values.
Fourth, if teenagers enlist in the military, they will be taught valuable lessons that will be useful to them later on in real life, but unfortunately, The ROTC or Reserved Officer Training Course was removed from the curriculum in College due to some hazing issues and maltreatment.
Apparently, the Philippine Government is already deciding whether to pursue Military Conscription and bringing back ROTC as part of the curriculum, either be, the pros of having Military Conscription in the Philippines are heavier than the odds.
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