National Service: A Responsibility, A Solution
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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National service has been defined, as a general term referring to a period of service given by the individual to the nation or community. It embodies two complementary ideas 1 that some service to the larger society is part of individual citizenship responsibility and 2 that society should be structured in ways which provide citizens with opportunities to make meaningful contributions. This study presents national service as a means of solving some of the socioeconomic problems facing the nation during the decade of the 1990s and into the 21st century. The author reviews international applications of national service use in the United States. An extensive presentation of demographic data demonstrates anticipated changes during the next 10 to 20 years. The data highlight some of the domestic problems and challenges the changes are expected to pose. Selected national service legislation is examined with emphasis toward possible application as a solution to domestic problems. Finally, the author presents conclusions and implications of the widespread implementation of a national service program.
- Government and Political Science
- Sociology and Law