national service

Teenagers in the UK may soon be forced to join the army if a new Bill that is currently making the rounds in parliament gets through.

The National Service Bill was introduced as a private members Bill and is due to be debated again by the House of Lords in September.

If the Bill is passed by both houses of parliament, then teenagers as young as 18 will be conscripted and sent off to serve in places such as Syria or Afghanistan.

The Bill was originally proposed in July 2010 and was debated again in 2012, but failed to make its progression through the houses of parliament.

Yorkshire MP Fabian Hamilton has voiced his concern about the Bill and his assistant issued the following statement to reporters at the Akashic Times: “Fabian does not support this Bill and considers it to be a bad idea and he is sure that it would also not be supported by the armed services who have traditionally favoured the idea of fully professional soldiers, sailors and airmen.”

The Bill was first introduced in June of this year – the same month that the Ministry of Defence announced that they were making over 4,000 soldiers redundant.

A total of 4,480 army personnel have been made redundant in the latest round of military job cuts as the government reduce the number of full-time regulars from 102,000 to 82,000 by 2018.

To compensate, the government plans to increase the number of Territorial Army reservist troops from 19,000 to 30,000 over the same period.

But at a time when the government is reducing the number of military personnel and shedding the jobs of those who have already agreed to join the army, why has there been a proposal to force young men and women to join the army under the guise of national service?

Is this an attempt to get soldiers on the cheap?

Similar Bills under the Universal National Service Act were proposed in America, in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2013, in a bid to compel young men and women between 18 and 25 to sign up to the army.

In Australia, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) announced that they would be seeking to use the engineering skills of some of the British soldiers who have been made redundant.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is also looking to recruit soldiers from overseas.

But when there are repeated attempts to introduce conscription, it begs the question: Just why are they so desperate to sign up youngsters into the army? Could this be a sign of a planned war on the horizon, or does the government have reason to fear that there may be one?

The last time national service was introduced in this country was in the run-up to world war one and two. It is more than a little interesting that the same bills have been repeatedly proposed in the US as well, around about the same times. It is one of many laws in the UK, that has mirrored that in America and raises questions as to whether the same global organisations have more influence over the laws of individual sovereign states than previously thought.


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