• Mr. Steven J. Muehler

Steve Muehler's Plan for a National Service Program

Updated: Apr 23

Military service means services by a person or group in an army or any other military services, whether as a chosen job or as a result of an involuntary draft which is called conscription. In the world, almost every country that uses conscription systems only conscript men; only a few of them also conscript women.

The issue of national service program implementation has been becoming part of the current presidential debates. Back in 2012 Thomas Ricks presented a public conscription plan which has been examined for its abridgment of young citizen’s freedom and the likelihood that its execution would be viewed as an offense to the frequently accepted notion that entitlements are inherent rights. So, in that case, if the U.S. fails to return to a conscription model, cultural decay will continue, an inadequate number of citizens will look forward to military duty, and thus the U.S will not be able to go to war. A national service program should not be performed merely to limit U.S. engagement with abroad but to ensure that the U.S possesses in perpetuity the ability to associate itself with elsewhere only when it is in the country’s interest.

Ricks’ plan intended an offer of a viable national service program blueprint. It mentions high school graduates would have three avenues from which they had to pick one: military service, no service or civilian national service. The first two titles would offer positive incentives such as college tuition assistance, mortgage guarantees, and medical care. Opting out of federal service would be perfectly legal but would come with the negative incentive which is of preceding many entitlement benefits.

Proponents of this matter say that the Mandatory military service can promote unity in the country in several ways. First, it allows citizens to train each other together, creating that shared experience of having served in the military. Then there is also to be aware of the general understanding regarding what life in the army is like, what must be done and what is required of the job to protect the country. Citizens can understand and even develop an appreciation for the offerings that people in the military made for their nation. Above all experts believe that such things can bring people together, especially when dealing with a political or cultural threat from other countries.

Besides, life in the military can teach individuals more than how to throw a salute or shoot straight. The training provided goes far beyond the technical skills needed to get the job done. Many military aides who have pursued a career in the nonmilitary workplace mentioned several other skills and work-related behaviors that help them well in their position. These include responsibility, teamwork, initiative, diversity, stress management and global awareness. Other people would learn the habits of healthy living and discipline as well as the skills in self-defense. Mandatory conscription means that “no one” will be spared from facing wars.

Whereas on the other hand, opponents believe that it violates the free will of the citizens. A prominent argument is that it violates people’s rights to practice free will. No individual has the final say whether they should engage or not in the military training and enter the army if a compulsory mandate is executed throughout the country. Unlike voluntary soldiers who are willing to experience severe training and serve the nation, draft soldiers frequently lack the essential experience and mobility, providing low battle skill quality as to when the time comes, they would be sent to war. Opponents believe this could lead to a high fatality rate among soldiers drafted under mandatory military service.

Mandatory military service majorly drafts young men (and women) when they are on top of their learning ability (18 years old) skill. This delays one’s pursuit for higher education as well as their admission into the civilian labor market, declining returns to human-capital investments as a result.

Under my Administration, we would implement the One Year Minimum Mandatory National Service model, with the below as a primary blueprint:

  • One Year of National Service

  • Same Benefits as all Military Members plus those listed below

  • Free College Education up to an Associates Degree post-service

  • Five Years of Medical Care for Service Member and all dependents post-service

  • Guaranteed VA Home Loan for the purchase of a Single Family Home (1X over a 10-year period)

  • For Years of National Service

  • Same Benefits as all Military Members plus those listed below

  • Free Education for a Minimum of an Associates Degree while serving

  • Free College Education at a State College after Service

  • Free Lifetime Medical Care for the Service Member and Family (spouse & children) for life

  • If not an American Citizen, the Service Member will receive full Citizenship upon completion of service (part of my pathway to Citizenship Program)

  • Guaranteed VA Home Loan for the purchase of a Single Family Home (2X over a 40-year period)

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