Young people forced into military service, Rishi Sunak reveals the new scheme: An opportunity to change lives

2024-05-26 20:37:54Kosova&Bota SHKRUAR NGA REDAKSIA VOX
Rishi Sunak

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has said he will introduce a new form of compulsory National Service for young people if the Conservatives win the general election.

In the first policy announcement of the campaign, Sunak unveiled a plan which would give 18-year-olds the choice of a full-time military position for 12 months, or a volunteering scheme every weekend of a month, for a year. The placement will be selective and will be done through tests to see who is suitable for the armed forces.

The volunteering option sees young people spend time with the police, firefighters, or charities, according to local media. Sunak insists the new model will offer young people "a life-changing opportunity" and allow them to learn "real-world skills". In a letter published by the Mail on Sunday, he makes it clear that "to those who complain that making service compulsory is unreasonable, I tell them that citizenship brings with it obligations, but also rights.

Being British is about more than just the queue you enter at passport control," says the British Prime Minister. National Service came into force in Great Britain in January 1949 and meant that all able-bodied males aged 17-21 had to serve in one of the armed forces for an 18-month period. The Conservatives estimate that the program will cost the country £2.5 billion a year by 2029-2030.