|Essay Sample 12 |
Клековкина Е., Манн
Comment on the following statement:
| Many countries have 'national service', where young adults must join the army, navy or air force for a certain period of time after leaving school. Some countries, however, have recently stopped national service. |
What is your opinion? Do you agree with this statement?
There are countries that have recently stopped having national service, whereas many others continue to have it.
Personally, I am against the idea of national service. First of all, service in the army should be voluntary, otherwise it violates basic human freedoms that most progressive countries fight to maintain. Second, having a professional army is actually cheaper for a country’s economy as well as more efficient. These countries do not have to spend a lot of resources on training new soldiers. Instead, they can have professionals, people who chose this as their job, protect their country. They will be much more motivated and experienced.
At the same time, there are people who believe that every man must serve in the army. If a country is facing aggression, it will have better chances to respond properly if most of its population knows how to use weapons. Besides, they say, army helps a man grow. It teaches him valuable qualities such as discipline and responsibility, as well as makes him more athletic.
In my opinion, these people have a point. Qualities such as discipline and responsibility are very important. However, army service is not the only place where men can acquire them. No one should be forced into the army against their will. Besides, some people just are not cut out for the army, they would make poor soldiers. This job would be much better done by professionals.
In conclusion, I would like to say that it is important for a country to have a well-trained army and having an army comprised of professionals seems to be the best way to go about it.