Originally Posted by Brunes
There is no niche for stereotypical hippies or druggies-most folks in those groups have little to no desire the help the gov't....or people without skills or motovation. You speak Arabic...pretty serious specialized skill. Some of the guys I graduated HS with had no skills or work ethic.
I'm looking at it from a military middle level manager- I spend enough time working to fix problems for (finances, family life, qualifications, training, health) and problems with (performance, attitude, appearance) for folks who are volunteers...If I had to manage all the same things...but some tree hugger who is anti violence/war/military/authority/gov't is in my shop....It's going to be like herding cats. It's hard enough to mete out discipline now-a-days anyways...Mandatory would make it that much harder.
I understand completely what you are saying. I guess I am naive to think that if people had to recieve military training, they would turn out different, and have more respect for the country and the world we live in.
I base my opinions around on of my best friends from high school. I met him because he got expelled (weed) from his school and had to come to mine. He was the kind of person that would do anything to get high or a buzz: chug cough syrup, chug $.99 bottles of Listerine from 7-11, inhale dust off, etc.
After a year of college he dropped out and went into the army. Finished basic and went to airborn, finished airborn and ultimately finished as an Army ranger. Now he is special forces waiting to be deployed in august.
The military really turned his life around so I was hoping it could do the same for others. We say he has lived a life of extremes haha