Monday, January 22, 2018

France is considering to revive compulsory military service

Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, mentioned the necessity for the enhancement of military force. He considered raising the rate of defense budget up from 1.8% to 2% of the whole GDP.

Jew Jersey Herald:  France's Macron pledges big increase in defense budget

The level of budget for the military is various among nations necessarily. The US spends 611 billion USD every year for the army, followed by China, (215M) and Russia (69M). But, calculated to the rate for the fiscal budget, Saudi Arabia (10.4%), Israel (5.8%), and UAE (5.7%) are enthusiastic. Japan spends only 1% of the national budget to the military.

France faces much fear of terrorism in recent years. I understand the citizens' concern.

On the other hand, Macron seems to revive the compulsory military service. It was abandoned in the early 2000s.

Latin American Herald Tribune: Macron Confirms France Will Have Again Compulsory Military Service

It is a little strange, or invalid strategy, I believe. Compulsory military service looks like a cheap policy at a glance. But it takes much money and labor to train rookies. Many economists claim that the forced military system is inferior to the mercenary system as forming cost-effective troops.

One of the advantages of the compulsory military is the possibility to raise fanaticism to youth. But this effect has not been proven. In my opinion, the forced army is nothing more than a superficial solution to strengthen the defense force.

Of course, I hate all kind of hostile action against others. The war is the last way to choose for solving any international problem. Indeed, an adequate quality and quantity of the national army are required to maintain the public safety and justice in every nation. Nonetheless, forced military service is outdated.

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