National Service


Over at BooMan Tribune, Steve M asks Would A Draft Really Solve Anything?

That is not the question that I would ask.  Instead of a military draft, I would ask if a national  service program would return pride to our young people and spur higher education?

Here is what I am thinking.

  1. All high school (HS) graduates fall under this program.  No deferments such as the five that Dick Cheney received or the unknown number that Mitt Romney took advantage of.
  2. If the HS grad is not ready for college, s/he must be part of a national service program for at least two years.  It could be the military, it could be Americorps or it could be some type of new program that would have to be set up because of the huge number of young people that will be put to work a few months after graduation.  Upon successful completion of the national service program, the person would qualify to receive 36 months of free college/university education and a monthly stipend to cover living expenses.
  3. If the HS grad wants to go to college and s/he gets an associate degree, then they would have to complete at least three years of national service.  Due to their having an associate degree, they will start off at a higher level than the HS grad and upon successful completion of the national service program, the person would qualify to receive 36 months of free college/university education and a monthly stipend to cover living expenses.
  4. If the HS grad went to college and received a Bachelor’s degree, s/he would be required to complete four years of national service.  This level of education would mean, potentially, a much higher entry level.  The person might qualify to be an officer in the military (Ensign in the Navy or Coast Guard or Second Lieutenant in the other branches) or qualify for the Peace Corps.  Upon successful completion of the national service program, the person would qualify to receive 48 months of free college/university education and a monthly stipend to cover living expenses.
  5. No deferments.  Anyone who has not gone prior, will go upon receiving a bachelor’s degree.
  6. If one drops out after, say, 3 years of college with no degree, that person would be considered a HS grad and enter national service at that level.

Of course, a huge new bureaucracy would have to be created to get these HS grads headed into the program where they can do the most good for the country.

 

 

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2 Comments on “National Service”

  1. xbradtc Says:

    Your plan falls afoul of the 13th Amendment against servitude. And before you compare it to the draft, the Constitution explicitly gives Congress the power to raise armies, and further to regulate them. Courts have repeatedly found the draft legal in the face of 13th Amendment challenges.

  2. Chief Says:

    13th ammendment

    Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

    Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

    This was passed to bolster or backstop the Emancipation Proclamation. I am sure Congress would have no difficulty enacting a law that was Constitutional and met the spirit of what I suggested.


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