The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

NATIONAL SERVICE IDEA WINS SUPPORT

- Bob Burke, Aspley

The suggestion by Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate for the reintroduc­tion of compulsory national service (SM, Apr 4) has great merit.

We need to change the thinking of these young people and use the $1 trillion of dole money to help these young people get some training and discipline so they can become contributi­ng members of society rather than filling jails with lawbreaker­s.

They can be taught career skills and learn to be discipline­d and contribute to society rather than be a drain on society.

The old saying, “If you keep doing the same thing you will continue to get the same results” is applicable in this case.

Tate’s comment that “They come out of a period of National Service with a career ... rather than the careers they are currently carving out as thieves, drug-addicts and car-jackers” is spot on.

Let’s do more to turn these young people into law-abiding citizens.

It certainly cannot hurt them to experience military life and will be a much better use of public money.

John Millar, Bahrs Scrub

I seldom agree with Mayor Tom Tate but in regard to his suggestion for the return of compulsory national service I would back him 100 per cent.

I did it in the early 1950s and throughly enjoyed the mateship, respect and training, especially in the field, the rifle range and the night lectures.

I believe that females should be made to do it as well.

With this type of training, along with the discipline, I believe the money for this would be well spent.

After a six-month course the unemployed would find it much easier to get work and I would say at least 95 per cent would have a different attitude on life and be more responsibl­e.

The courts wouldn’t be full of the young criminals they have to contend with every day and it would free up the police so they can get on with more important work.

Ray Evans, Beenleigh South

I support Mayor Tom Tate in his call to reintroduc­e compulsory national service.

However, I believe a more acceptable program would be to broaden the course content and give it a different name.

I would call it the Enlightenm­ent Training Policy.

It would comprise a six-month course that would apply to all 18-year-olds, both male and female.

The program would consist of five elements: Agricultur­e, Defence, Law, Medicine and Leadership.

Each section would be over a one-month period with the final month consisting of lectures, reports and examinatio­ns.

This policy would give every 18-year-old a greater understand­ing of the direct relationsh­ip between attitude and behaviour.

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