Many reasons why conscription is actually crucial for Thailand
Re: “Let’s stop forcing boys to be soldiers”, Editorial, August 29.
The reality of this neighbourhood is potentially hostile neighbours on all sides. It’s not long since we were fighting communist insurgency, we still have an Islamist insurgency in the deep South supported from across the border, and a one-million-man standing army in Myanmar with China looming further to the north.
Conscription trains 100,000 Thais per year; that means there are at all times at least 2 million Thais of fighting age with military training that could be called up to defend the nation against invasion. That is an effective deterrent to maintain the peace and balance of power in the region and done with minimal expense compared to maintaining a large standing army.
Marcus Cesare Budda Surintarad