Should this be mandatory, or not?
Having served a 3 year hitch with the U.S. Army following the completion of high school, I was recently forced to reflect on how this affected the rest of my adult life. In doing so I determined it was probably the most influential and character-forming time in my life, short of the fine job my parents did in raising me. It has forced me to wake up when the alarm goes off early
, to appreciate a hot
home-cooked meal, to be orderly, organised, and disciplined, and to respect authority, just to name a few things. It made a young man out of me.
I contend that it should be mandatory for all graduates of high school (or the equivalent thereof) to do a 2 year hitch in the armed forces of their choice, minimum age 18. That's my oppinion, we welcome yours.