It is high time
introduced or reintroduced conscription or compulsory military service (CMS). Sri Lanka
Upon the historical victory in 2009 the president correctly stated that there are no more racial majorities and minorities and the only two types of people are those who love
and those who don’t. It is time to separate them. It is time to separate patriots from parasites! Sri Lanka
Religious dogma, conscience, political views or other nonsense should not be allowed to interfere with national security. Apart from cases of severe disability making persons unable to attend CMS, all others must be taken in. Even all other disabled persons must be conscripted for military service not involving a great deal of physical activity.
The first three countries have CMS, they are highly developed countries, smaller compared to neighbours, democracies, stand up proud against any potential threats from the neighbourhood, have very high literacy rates and maintain a very high degree of social discipline.
can be the next Sri Lanka , Switzerland or Singapore by emulating them. All their striking characteristics are highly desirable for Sri Lankans. So why not start with conscription? South Korea
Of course conscription was not the only thing that made the first three nations what they are, but it played a pivotal role in creating the necessary social infrastructure conducive for development.
requires all male citizens who have reached the age of 18 to enrol in the military. They serve a two-year period as Full Time National Servicemen (NSFs). Singapore
military service is one of Four Constitutional Duties. Interestingly other duties are taxes, education, and labour. South Korea
How Conscription Can Benefit Sri Lankans?
It is no secret conscription is a very unpopular concept in
. However, it can be of immense benefit to the conscripts more than to the nation. CMS provides almost all youngsters with an opportunity to sharpen their leadership, interpersonal, communication, teamwork, physical, psychological and life skills at no cost to them. All these skills are highly valuable in everyday life. They can produce complete citizens, instead of lopsided citizens. It can inculcate in young minds the worth of sacrifice, hard work, patriotism and discipline. It will give youngsters the valuable opportunity to closely interact with each other across cultures and the racial divide. Such interactions can dispel many age old dogmas that are holding us back. What more the fractured Sri Lankan society needs than this? Sri Lanka
CMS will not be confined to a few months but will be reinforced with annual boot camps. Their worth is immeasurable in the local context. The biggest health risk for Sri Lankans comes from heart disease. Regular exercise is not a part of most Sri Lankans’ lifestyle. An annual high intensity physical activity will put them in the routine of regular exercise. Saving of health costs would be enormous in addition to a generally healthier workforce.
Every individual conscripted will be aware of his rights and responsibilities. This is a huge problem in
as a significant number of people don’t know their rights and opt to suffer in silence. An even higher number of them don’t know and care about their responsibilities. A society that is aware of its rights and responsibilities will uphold human rights, fundamental rights of all citizens and will be a caring society. Malpractices in the police, state sector, etc. will not go undetected and unpunished as easily as today. Sri Lanka
New friendships will be formed that will last a lifetime.
Mobilisation of a large disciplined populace helps in disaster relief and other social services. It can also spread good health practices throughout the country at no additional cost. It will be an ideal opportunity to spread knowledge on family health, STDs, nutrition, basic psychology, channels of help, etc. The hidden social menace of high suicide rates, needless snake bite deaths, mosquito related diseases, etc. can be easily avoided with a little bit of knowledge spread in the society at large.
In addition, How Conscription Can Help
as a Nation? Sri Lanka
In addition to the benefits individuals gain,
as a nation can benefit from conscription. A large number of military trained citizens means less attempts of outside interference. Obviously the island nation is not interested in confronting any other nation, but deterring as many instances of outside interference is still a very desirable outcome. As a rapidly developing nation, there will be many threats facing the nation including but not restricted to espionage, sabotage and various forms of terrorism. It doesn’t make sense to increase the armed forces, etc. in proportion to the anticipated threat level. Instead if almost every man in the country is well trained militarily, they can be ears and eyes of the defence establishment at no cost. A vigilant populace is the best prevention for all forms of undesirable elements. Sri Lanka
The higher quality of life, social discipline and better health of the population translate into an all-round better nation.
Violence in universities will be a thing of the past. University students may be attending CMS for the require period.
From four to five decades after the introduction of this scheme, almost all Sri Lankans would have gone through CSM. They can be given a separate identity card with a simple microchip and fingerprints. Those assessed as severely disabled and hence could not attend any form of military training should also be given a similar identity stating the disability. At any point in future, those who are without these IDs should be thoroughly investigated for illegal immigrants and the law must be applied to them. The South Indian illegal immigration menace can be resolved thus. Those who don’t have this ID but are citizens of the country must be investigated for defrauding the system and should pay an additional tax/other surcharge. They may be barred from certain rights of citizens. Equity and fairness to all is the cornerstone of success of CMS. No one should be allowed to evade or defraud the system including ministers’ children. Issuing of ID cards must be strictly monitored and must be independently verified electronically at the annual follow up training. If people are of the view that the system is manipulated by the rich and the powerful, they will go against CMS ending it in disaster.
Sadly, there are hundreds of thousands of anti-Sri Lankans living, profiting and disrupting
. By introducing CMS, they will either be remoulded into worthwhile citizens who love the country or force them to leave the country. With a very high population density and a severe lack of resources, there is no room in Sri Lanka for those who don’t love it. Opportunities and resources freed-up by their departure will benefit those who dearly love this country. Sri Lanka
Chronic anti-national views of certain media will automatically disappear as they will not have a sizable audience to please. It can self regulate the media and NGOs.
Separatists’ propaganda claim of ‘Sinhala army’ will dissipate in no time as the army will gradually come to be representative of all communities driven by the enthusiasm created by CMS.