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Conscription in the WWII.

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Conscription The word conscription carries a poignant and very negative charge. It conjures up images of young men forced away from home to serve in the armed forces of a failing world power in the four corners of its washed-out empire. Conscription, being wholly subversive of freedom, is alien and odious to a free people. It involves the degradation of human personality, and the obliteration of liberty. Barrack life, military drill, blind obedience to commands, breakage of the human spirit, and deliberate training for slaughter undermine respect for the individual, for democracy and human life. It is debasing human dignity to force men to give up their potentially happy life, or to inflict death against their will, or without conviction as to the justice of their action. ...read more.


How could the Government send men who unqualified, unprepared, and unwilling to fight a war? Conscription also undercut morale, as soldiers complained that it compromised voluntary enlistments and appeared as an act of desperation in the face of repeated military defeats. But compulsory service embittered the public, who considered it an infringement on individual free will and personal liberty and feared it would concentrate arbitrary power in the military. However, Conscription allowed for a stronger force and it implied contribution to neighbor's, therefore also contributing to possible alliance with the joined country in future wars. It helped people recognize they weren't the only people on the earth, and that other Countries needed their help. ...read more.


Obviously violence was not a preferred option, but considering the circumstances, what other options did they have in those times? Furthermore, even though death was a feasible possibility, they had to realize that they were dying so that others may have a chance to live their lives in peace. Conscription held many opinions, anti and pro filled the hearts and heads of many. Would their son ever come back? Taken against their will, would his parents ever be able to look into the eyes of their little boy? As young as 18 were sent off to war, unprepared for the amount of tragedy and loss and they would experience. It helped countries have a fighting chance, yes, but one must think about the great trouncing of a nation's cherished loved ones. ...read more.

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