Conscription, also known as compulsory military service, is the practice of requiring military service of all qualifying individuals within a nation. Chiefly known for having been employed during the First and Second World Wars, the duration of modern-day conscription can range anywhere from two weeks to two years. But does conscription foster hyper-nationalism and unhealthy aggression? Is the government sending the message that war is inevitable? Or is conscription simply a means of building character and strength?
Yes, military conscription should be banned.Show moreShow less
Military conscription is unnecessary in the modern world and sees more detriments than benefits.
Military conscription is damaging to the health of those drafted. Research shows that military service-related experiences may result in delayed health effects. It is unfair to expect a population to sacrifice their health to serve their country without choice.
The military also has detrimental consequences on mental health. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, a staggering 11-20% of veterans have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is a condition which has severe consequences for a person's wellbeing and yet is notoriously underdiagnosed and undertreated. Research has also shown that veterans have greater reluctance than non-veterans to seek medical treatment for physical health difficulties, perhaps indicating that military service results in an unhealthy mindset towards seeking help.
This does not mean that military conscription should be banned, simply that health care for ex-military should be prioritised, and more rigorous mental and physical health tests should be in place to prevent those who are not fit for it from being conscripted.
Military service actually has health benefits. Most veterans report good physical health later in life which was developed during military service.