Monday, November 24, 2008

National Service: A time to serve the nation

In a compelling idea, Senator Cory Bernardi highlights the benefits of a national service program.

"National service in its many forms, time spent in ournation's defence forces; volunteering to help those less fortunate or facilitating community events; lending a hand when natural disasters strike, are ways in which Australians can demonstrate their link to something bigger than their own immediate interests.

"Now when one mentions 'National Service', the immediate image is offorcing young men and women into the army for a year or two of training. This meets with strong support in some quarters and vigorous resistance in others. I believe one of the key areas of resistance tothis is from the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) themselves. Many in the ADF believe that the military are better prepared and provide a better service if the soldiers actually want to be there, rather than forced to be there. I happen to agree with them. Forcing people to take front line or combat roles against their wishes could compromise the safety and effectiveness of the unit. I can't think of anyone who would want that to occur. But national service is much more than forcing military training. National service is about committing to one's community >> more

In addition to the benefits outlined, I also believe that every young Australian should do what they can to benefit themselves. The personal growth afforded by a well-managed stint serving the nation is both vast and for life. Every young Australian should do what they can to facilitate their own growth, and the personal growth afforded by a well-managed stint serving the nation is both vast and for life. For our young, it is a way of serving the nation, the community, and themselves.

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