Do you think that it would be beneficial for every citizen to have at least some

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  1. L. Spikes profile image65
    L. Spikesposted 12 years ago

    Do you think that it would be beneficial for every citizen to have at least some military training?

    Even if the person never actually joined the military or went to war, do you think that having a certain amount of military knowledge and conditioning would be beneficial to the average person?

  2. profile image0
    sinisa_sinaposted 12 years ago

    I believe it could help in some situations to some peoples. But generally I can't say it's good.

  3. angel115707 profile image61
    angel115707posted 12 years ago

    not necessarily, but our commander in chief sure should!!! I can't imagine any leader of the country not understanding the servant side... how can you send people to war, if you have never defended or fought, yourself... I for one was raised in a military family, every man serves out of respect and duty, not because they have to, and having a Marine dad, I have enough training to know how to shoot, hunt, fish, survive etc... I just wish our president did... LOL

  4. zob2zob profile image73
    zob2zobposted 12 years ago

    I think it would be terrible, what of the depressed? the suicidal rates would definetly go up, those with anger issues? can you imagine road rage with a tank..
    What about those who have an underlying undetected, mental condition, giving them a military training, however basic could lead to alsorts of problems later in life.
    I do believe that some young offenders who with the proper training would benifit from a military career than that of a criminal record, I also believe that young people unable to find a career or go back into full time education should go into the military, I don't think that they should have to serve in a war, unless they choose to but I do think it would give them more confidence and a better future.
    I think that considering half the people who have underlying mental problems and issues if were all made to gain  military experience would be fatal & our undoing!

  5. Kaniel Loughran profile image60
    Kaniel Loughranposted 12 years ago

    I think that would be a terrible idea. There is already enough violence and human on human hatred, the last thing we need is to ensure that all these violent, tempered people are trained to attack each other more proficiently and to give the police a harder time and further strain their resources.

  6. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image82
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 12 years ago

    Obviously, not every person would even  be able to have military training - so I assume that you meant to ask if every person who was able to have military training would benefit from that.  The answer to that question would be sure - but every able person would benefit from culinary arts training, would they not?

  7. someonewhoknows profile image73
    someonewhoknowsposted 12 years ago

    As,much as I dislike violence there are times when it's required to stay alive.and the threat of it,by having the ability to defend yourself.

    The police and the military have guns for their protection although a few of them use unnecessary violence as a defense against a possible threat
    There is an old saying "its better to be safe than sorry."

    What exactly does that mean?

    It,certainly doesnt mean give up your right to self defense to the police or the military.

    It also doesn't mean to shoot first and ask questions later

    If,you don't stand for something ,you end up standing for nothing.

    In Switzerland every able bodied man is required to train in the military.

    In  Isreal everybody of age trains for the military ,men and woman.

    I don't think women should have to because they are the ones who teach children how to behave in a civilized society.

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    Old Empresarioposted 12 years ago

    The problem is Americans are so ignorant on this subject that they don't even know the difference between what you are talking about and the programs of Nazi Germany. Thomas Jefferson thought military training was a good idea. As long as American society is not militarized, as long as we do not have a large standing army that drains tax dollars, and as long as we are not in a state of perpetual war, there is no harm in having a population of citizens that know how to fire a gun or pitch a tent. In fact, I would venture to say that it is imperative to any free society that its citizens have the most basic military knowledge. Currently, we are a decadent and effeminent nation that lets a corps of highly-trained insiders bear the brunt of pointless wars over oil that no one cares about. No one really cares because they have no skin in the game. If the US had some sort of national service program, like Switzerland, we would probably NEVER go to war.

  9. Roger Rabbit profile image61
    Roger Rabbitposted 12 years ago

    Yea beneficial to some criminals probably.

  10. onegoodwoman profile image69
    onegoodwomanposted 12 years ago

    The very term, " military training" encompasses many skills....beyond the taking of another's life..........yes, they could be beneficial.

    They should not be mandated or regulated by government.  Let each parent pass them down to their offspring.

    Let the citizens be...........

  11. Jeff Berndt profile image72
    Jeff Berndtposted 12 years ago

    Education (of any kind) is never a waste.

  12. Fortunate Fiasco profile image61
    Fortunate Fiascoposted 12 years ago

    I would be in favor of it. zob2zob makes some valid points, but some of the same "depressed" and angry people people join today's army. Overall, yes it could have some negative sides as with all changes but I like the thought. We should all at least have the choice and know certain things. To what point it would stop being citizen training and begin being strictly military would be interesting. Personally I imagine gun control and learning survival to be the biggest issues. I don't think we need to learn how to water board or torture people, or recreate Abu Ghraib's.
       Roger Rabbit also said that it would be beneficial to criminals, but remember their victims would also be as adequately trained to defend themselves. I'm just picturing an old time Militia kind of thing, even though you didn't specifically indicate the get together or training associated with that.
       The best part about this though, would be to send the politicians through the training. Everytime they vote for a war they should have to go through it again!

  13. TIMOBILE profile image60
    TIMOBILEposted 12 years ago

    yes. it will be needful in times of emergencies.
    Also makes 1 equipped 4 unfortunate incidents

  14. jpcmc profile image89
    jpcmcposted 12 years ago

    I belong to the generation of Filipinos required to take ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps).  4 semesters of military training is practically useless.  More than anything else, it's the curriculum of the ROTC that's really faulty.  If it had more sensible skills training like survival, physical fitness, basic safety or combat training then it would be nice.  However, marching under sun and shining boots and buckle don't qualify as beneficial military training.

  15. nightwork4 profile image61
    nightwork4posted 12 years ago

    i'm all for it. i've always thought that military training for it's citizens is a good idea for a country.

  16. TimMEy profile image70
    TimMEyposted 12 years ago

    I do not think it would be beneficial. In Germany for example we had General Military Services for everybody until this years, where it has been cancelled.

    First of all most people going there are drinking and partying their money away. And the athletic education which they receive they could do by doing normal sports.

    Furthermore it is a waste money for nothing. These people going there receive an education, which costs lots of money with no benefits for the country. After their Education they normally quit the job anyway, so where is the point?

    You should rather spend the money on something really beneficial like Health Care or Education.

  17. Matt in Jax profile image60
    Matt in Jaxposted 12 years ago

    It would be beneficial to some, but could be deadlier in the wrong hands. All depends on exactly which type of training it was.

  18. Ramsa1 profile image63
    Ramsa1posted 12 years ago

    No. There is too much emphasis on the military as it is. Seems to me that in far too many cases the military is seen as the solution to problems, and it rarely is.

  19. Ben_Anderson profile image61
    Ben_Andersonposted 12 years ago

    Hi L.Spikes,

    I believe in knowledge, being it the key to life, and so I agree. However, sending the person into the army for a few years in military training - that I don't support.

    Having said that, do we really need military training? I would guess it depends where you live.

    I live in New Zealand, relatively peaceful here, and we're fairly isolated from the rest of the world.

    It's very doubtful war will ever reach us.

    All the best,


  20. David Warren profile image85
    David Warrenposted 12 years ago

    Yes I do. Perhaps as a veteran I am biased but regardless of how you may feel about this country make no mistake, this country would not exist without it. This is only my opinion so please don't send hate mail comments but if it were up to me there would be a two year minimum service to your country law here in America. I am not a war monger. I think that if even 35% of the "elite" in this country had children serving in the armed forces our involvement in such conflicts would be considered a lot more carefully.

  21. profile image53
    partycletimeposted 12 years ago

    i watched "every singaporean son" in national geographic. All of them are required to undergo military training. I think it's necessary to turn boys into men. for women, i don' t know smile

  22. Lisa HW profile image63
    Lisa HWposted 12 years ago

    I see absolutely no use for military training for anyone who is not entering the military.   Military training is aimed at military, and there are those who will say a person ends up coming away with having learned something "extra" as a "side benefit".  There are far better ways of helping young people become people of honor, character, and integrity than using the "military approach".  In fact, many people who have learned "how to be a person" through military training find they're not necessarily as "great" at being a person in life in non-military life.  That may be a necessary, negative, aspect of military training; and people often find ways to address some of the negative aspects if/when they become a problem. 

    I don't think, however, that introducing military training to people not planning to enter the military has a shred of anything productive to it.  In fact, I think it would be destructive for no good reason whatsoever.  If there are some "young punks" out there who only to respond to something like military training, what anyone recommends for them isn't my business.

    Having raised three fine, strong, young adults in a very non-military style, I prefer the people my own children have become to some of the people who only know life according to military training.

    I have tremendous respect for people who have given up their own lives in order to serve in the military, and respect for the training they get that helps them do their jobs well.  Astronauts get their own kind of training.  Physicians get their own kind.  "Everyone" tends to think his own kind of training is the kind everyone else ought to have if he's to "measure up" as a human being.  Military training isn't the only thing in life that helps people become better/stronger/more knowledgeable/more skilled people than they were when they started. In fact, some people come away from military training pretty much too damaged for non-military relationships.

    So again, no, no, and no on the value of military training for people not planning to enter the military.  If it turns out they have little or no choice but to enter the military, then they get their training then.

  23. dorothy0328 profile image75
    dorothy0328posted 12 years ago

    I feel that having some military training would be benificial to anyone. On the up side of you would have the capabilities to not only defend yourself if needed but you also learn survival skills that could be used in a time of crisis suc as having no food source or water or being lost in the wilderness and so on. On the down side there are a lot of criminals both violent and non violent that would utilize these skills to commit crimes such as fighting to cause bodily harm, knowing how to break into homes and buisnesses undetected, or just using those skills for for any reason to suit them selves. So it's more of a 50/50 opinion for me I believe that survival skills should be taught in schools as far as the self defense that should be on an optional basis and known violent felons should not be allowed to take up any such course or class to give them further knowledge of how to cause harm to others.  In short if you want full military training then you should join the military.

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    scottmartin005posted 12 years ago

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  25. felicitylovespari profile image40
    felicitylovespariposted 12 years ago

    Yes its beneficial so that every citizen can depend his country in times of war especially outside intrusion

  26. delmer47 profile image60
    delmer47posted 12 years ago

    For what purpose would an average person use this information? I think it would be great if all of us as Americans had a better understanding of our HISTORY as a nation and not just military history, but having JUST this knowledge would serve no purpose other than to just KNOW it.

  27. writeido profile image60
    writeidoposted 12 years ago

    That depends on what the person is training for. If it's for desaster managmenet and such and helping others in need then it's really good. I for one would like to stay far far away from weapons.

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    vijendar1posted 12 years ago

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  29. Alberic O profile image58
    Alberic Oposted 11 years ago

    It depends on the person. Some jobs in the military translate to civilian careers. Other skills like leadership and management are a plus too.


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