Compulsory Military Training
Much can be said in favor of compulsory military training and against it. In these days of total war, it is argued that some sort of military training is very essential. Firstly, in the olden days the army alone fought and the civil population remained unaffected. In modern times the civilians also take part in war. Secondly, In these days of militarism it is very essential for a country to keep a large reserve force which can be used in the event of a conflict. Lastly, military training is an education in itself. It improves national health, builds up national character and morale and also the capacity to face hardships and perils. It teaches discipline, love of orderliness, team spirit and the spirit of adventures, and brings out some of the best qualities in human nature.
Again the recent developments in
and the massive military aids have worsened the prospects of peace. To defend
our freedom we must have military training in schools and colleges. The task of
training millions of people is difficult and expensive, but that is no argument
for not doing it. Freedom is much more precious than anything else.
Some people do not favor this scheme of compulsory military training. They say that compulsory military training results in the creation of the spirit of militarism. The people develop a tendency to enslave others. This is what happened in
during the world war. This spirit is inimical to peace. This view is not
without some truth but the advantages of military training are more than its
drawbacks. A realistic view of the situation recommends its introduction Germany