Conscription in today's world

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Submitted: March 18, 2019

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Conscription, also called a draft, is a system of compulsory national service, usually in the military. Some kind of draft has been set in most countries in the history, but nowadays it's lost its popularity. There are many variations of a draft. The most common are the conscription for all males, or a small selected part of a certain age group. The latter one is used in for example Mexico, Sweden, Russia and Thailand. The former takes place in countries like Greece, Cuba, Finland and Switzerland. Israel is currently the only country that requires females to sign up for the draft as well. Most countries in the world however, rely on paid professional armed forces for defense.

It's hard to say wheter a draft is a good thing, or useless, as it works for some countries, and to some, it'd be a waste of money. The US, for example, is one of the largest military forces in the world. They are the main influences in Nato, but their current military relies on voluntarily service, as no one is drafted. Drafting all people, or even all males, in the US would be useless, because they don't really need that much people. Even training a large amount of people to keep in the reserves, wouldn't be smart, as the threat of a war on American soil is very unlike, as it's only bordered by Mexico and Canada. 

For Israel, their strong military has relied on conscription of most people for decades. It has been necessary for the small country, as it's located in the middle of Arabic countries that Israel sees as enemies. Of course the small country is backed up by the US, but its widely ranged draft is the basis for Israel's defense. 

The conscription in Finland is for males, but women can serve in all combat roles just like men. For Finland, conscription is vital as well, because the country is the only counrty in the EU bordering Russia, that's not in Nato. Finland was also different from the East Block countries, as it maintained its independence after the Second World War. It's been important to have good relationships with Russia, but also with the West. Finland isn't in Nato, but it works closely with other European countries, and Americans as well. There are literally American soldiers in Lapland training for arctic warfare, but somehow the politicians try to convince everyone Finland is a neutral country. 

Conscription for males had become an issue lately, especially in Finland. A few years ago when the war in Ukraine started, a lot of people were discussing the possibility of making women enlist, since the possibilty of Russia attacking Finland was increased. A lot of women feel to support the idea. The draft in Finland is usually seen as unequal, since only males have to serve. Funnily enough, it's the women who feel that way.

I personally would see draft for females too, as a great thing, even if it's not necessary right now. Military service is usually done after high school/vocational school, around the age of 18 or 19. It takes 6, 9 or 12 months and afterwards people are in the reserves until they're 50.  For many males, the time is a good break from studing, as some will go to university after, or try to find a job. It's good experience in teamwork and for many people, it's the first time you get out of your home and do something by yourself. A few decades ago, it was seen as a rite of passage of kind for men, but nowadays that's not as relevant. Each year more women enlist, and that's seen as a positive thing by most people. I personally only know a few officers who are ative duty, but they all support females in the military. My student councelor is also ver supportive of all the girls in our school that want to enlist, and he's tried to get me to do so as well. After all, it's good experince and it'll look god on your CV.

 



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