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In light of a recent poll showing a dramatic increase of violence against parents.  When will the British government recognise that drastic measures, should be put in place to prevent our young people from becoming jail fodder and becoming lost in a system already stretched to its maximum.  We all watch the "Youth of Today" exerting unrealistic expectation on society.  Then using that expectation to support their reasons to use and promote violence. 

I personally have suffered violence at the hands of my children.  I bought up my children from birth as an un married father until they recently became adults. What I recognise is a system ill prepared to support and enforce a parental right that being needed discipline. That for years has been blighted by organisations, such as Social Services and family services supplied and funded by local government. Those statistics show that the majority of people receiving help, face unfair criticism by a system that has no accountability other than when a child in care has been neglected and reaches eighteen.  The calculation of cost responding to these allegations and facing the ill informed law can not be sustained.  Child law is out for interpretation by every individual working for it.  In many cases we have children educating children.  Empowering children to act as adults and criticise parents when support for family discipline is most needed.  It is in many cases applied unfairly.  What becomes evident is a system, not fit for purpose. It produces little or no benefit to family life and is a never ending drain on the financial resources of any and all governments. What will our government do about it?

ITV Discusion on National Service

Dead money as they call it.  No return on investment.  Our nation professes, investors in people. When will the government see the  emotional benefits that national service brings to an individuals life.  Other benefits such as sense of belonging to something powerful and accepted by society as something worth while.  It would automatically create a sense of confidence instilled by the practices of our armed forces.  Build self confidence in our youth.  Create opportunities that are not available now because family resources have been exhausted.

With the uncertainty in our modern world. Wars cropping up here and there and the engagements becoming increasingly pensive. A system needs to put in place that brings back discipline to our youth.  That discipline needs to be instilled by a pro active, forward thinking government.  It can not be completed by a parent after a young person has got the taste for the freedoms they enjoy provided by the rules of the government when considering discipline.  Schooling can not provide that type of structure to someones.

Between 1947 and 1960, more than two million British men aged 18 to 30 were called up to spend 18 months in the armed forces. It was phased out from 1957, following complaints from the Army that the sheer number of conscripts had become a burden, says the National Army Museum. With hindsight and the cost calculations exerted on care systems I can imagine the cost of national conscription burden is minuscule compared to the cost of ignorance.

This line of thought dates back to ancient times. Plutarch describes how Rome's consuls conscripted the city's young men at a time of political tension, that they might not have leisure for revolutionary plotting, but that when they were all gathered together, rich and poor, patrician and plebeian alike, to share in the common dangers of a camp, they might learn to regard one another with less hatred and ill-will.

Similar arguments continue to resurface in modern Britain. In 2009, Michael Caine, who served in the Korean War as a conscript, said bringing back national service would alleviate social problems by giving young people “a sense of belonging rather than a sense of violence. In February, a YouGov poll revealed that a plurality of Brits would support the reintroduction of national service, with Conservative or UKIP voters and the over-50s most firmly in favour. The problem is the would-be draftees themselves. The same YouGov poll showed that 18-24-year-olds opposed the idea by a margin of 62% to 10% (with the remaining 28% unsure).

Opponents of mandatory national service say that training and housing hundreds of thousands of working-age people represents a massive expense for taxpayers and puts an unreasonable demand on young people during a crucial period for their education, career and personal development. “ Many friends of mine have had to abandon jobs and sometimes serious relationships in order to serve nine meaningless months in the army,” Greek journalist Yiannis Baboulias wrote in The Daily Telegraph.

Under any amount of scrutiny national service appears for what it is: unpractical, socially destructive and costly,” he writes, suggesting that the money would be better used funding a year of travel for school leavers.

A national service for the 21st century

While a handful of developed countries, including Israel, Greece and South Korea, still require young people to serve a period in the military, most nations with a national service programme now provide options for civilian volunteering. Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland are among the countries where young people can opt to spend their national service in the armed forces or performing social or civic work.

The French government's plan is a potential model for what a softer and gentler 21st-century national service could look like. Students will be required to serve a month-long placement in areas such as voluntary teaching and working with charities, alongside traditional military training with the army, police or fire service, says the news company The Independent.

Those who wanted to continue their service could then opt to join a second placement of between three months and a year, with a heavier emphasis on the military or the defence sector. This is the only way to prevent our miss guided youth becoming violent and providing nothing but burden in society.  When will national service be re introduced as a normal.

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