Return to Common Sense
September 13, 2014
Section: Introduction – Service
“Everyone over 18 years old, without exemption or exception, should payback this country with a minimum service commitment as a responsibility of citizenship.”
“What a man does for others, not what they do for him, gives him immortality." Daniel Webster.
Philosophy (Background, Issues, Objectives):
Military service is an honorable career option.
- U.S. has an all volunteer military that meets its recruiting and reenlistment targets.
There are multiple civilian service organizations run by various parts of the federal government.
- Peace Corps, founded in 1961 and now part of the state Department, is ramping up to historic highs of 15,000 volunteers.
- The improved and enhanced AmeriCorps, created in 1992, is run by Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS):
o More than 400,000 Americans have served in the corps since its founding, with 75,000 serving full or part time in 2005.
o Current CNCS program costs exceed the service benefit received.
§ Primary benefit is perceived by the service participant vs. the service recipient.
o AmeriCorps State and National (ASaN) provides grants to community service organizations across the country
o AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), founded in 1964, provides services to low income individuals and communities.
o AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) is a full time residential program deploying young people to aid in conservation and national disaster relief.
- Citizen Corps Councils have been created in 2002 to engage citizens in homeland security.
- The Senior Corps (2002) is adding 100,000 new participants, and removing barriers to service.
- Special Partnership Force (SPF) proposed to help in foreign nation building and disaster relief.
- A USA Freedom Corp Council was created in 2002 to oversee these new and improved service organizations.
- Government volunteerism programs have been used for propaganda and political purposes.
Although a professional public service is valuable, a Public Service Academy is not viable.
- The variety of expertise required is too wide for a single curriculum.
- Esprit de corps is not as important since graduates won’t be serving together.
The price of citizenship for everyone is service.
- No exception or exemptions for any reason.
- Payback to country for freedom and opportunity.
Every citizen over 18 years old must perform a minimum of three years of national service between the ages of 18 and 24.
§ Every 18 year old citizen must sign up for national service, without exception or exemption.
o Each service will meet their minimum staffing requirement, with priority to meeting military minimums first, since it remains an all volunteer service.
§ Each service alternative will define a minimum and maximum number of resources required.
§ Each recruit will prioritize top three service alternatives (military, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, or Special Partnership Force (SPF), etc.).
§ Minimum enrollment for each service alternative must be met, so some people may not receive their first choice.
o Every 18 year old must report for duty and receive their assigned service selection.
§ Civilian service alternatives must justify their eligibility by demonstrating positive benefits vs. costs.
o Each service alternative must define their physical, intellectual, and skill requirements.
o All national service recruits will attend a common basic training (physical, moral, education).
o Advanced training will then be provided and service specific.
o Recruits will be paid with salary, benefits, and education credits.
“USA Freedom Corps” dated January 30, 2002 published by US Government.
“You Gotta Serve Somebody” by Gene Healy dated May 7, 2004 published by The Cato Institute at http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=2643&print=Y .
“The False Promises of a Draft” by Fred Kaplan dated June 23, 2004 published by Slate Magazine at http://www.slate.com/id/2102858/ .
“A modest ‘national service draft’ proposal” by Editor dated November 22, 2005 published by American Daily at http://americandaily.com/article/10323 .
“Mandatory Military Service Would Benefit the U.S.” by Armstrong Williams dated June 19, 2006 published at http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2006/6/18/162837.shtml .
“Why Elites are AWOL” by Patrick Poole dated July 17, 2006 published by Front Page Magazine at http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=23379 .
“The Rise of the Service Gap” by John Noonan dated July 28, 2006 published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=Y2VjMDY3ZDMyNmYxNmZlMTM1YzgzZjdmMzhiYTEyMzY= .
“Let’s Get Real It’s Time for a Draft” by Malcolm Hedges dated October 9, 2006 published by American Daily at http://americandaily.com/article/15967 .
“It’s Time for a National Military Draft” by Malcolm Hedges, dated December 11, 2006, published on American Daily at http://www.americandaily.com/article/16749 .
“Those Who Serve” by Michael Ledeen dated February 8, 2007 published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=MWI5ZmZkOGQ4NTc5YWYzOTdlY2M2MjAzOGJmNzY5YjQ= .
“Big Majority Oppose Draft” dated February 25, 2007 published by News Max at http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2007/2/25/210127.shtml .
“The Pitfalls of Civil Service U” by Philip I. Levy dated March 30, 2007 published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NDBjN2M2Yjg1ZjA4Y2MxYjcwNWJjYzIxMDFlNTQ1YWM= .
“Rep. John Murtha Wants Lottery for ‘Citizens Army’” by Randy Hall dated April 3, 2007 published by News Max at http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2007/4/3/123706.shtml?s=ic .
“A Cure for the Heartache in America?” by Thomas D. Segel dated April 22, 2007 published by American Daily at http://www.americandaily.com/article/18499 .
“Turning Apathy into Good Deeds” by Melvin R. Laird dated May 28, 2007 published by Washington Post at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/27/AR2007052700931_pf.html .
“Governor Romney’s Global Initiative for Values and Freedom: A Strategy to Defeat Radical Jihad” by Cofer Black dated June 22, 2007 published by Town Hall at http://www.townhall.com/columnists/CoferBlack/2007/06/22/governor_romneys_global_initiative_for_values_and_freedom_a_strategy_to_defeat_radical_jihad .
“The Case for National Service” by Jonathan Alter dated June 22, 2007 published by MSNBC at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19371599/site/newsweek .
“CBO Weighs in on the All-Volunteer Force” by Tim Kane dated July 20, 2007 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/NationalSecurity/wm1561.cfm .
“Peace Corps Adapting, Director Says” dated August 8, 2007 published by News Max at http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2007/8/8/92256.shtml?s=ic .
“Government Academies: Moving to the Left” by Paul Weyrich dated August 8, 2007 published by News Max at http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2007/8/8/144749.shtml .
“There is a difference between military men and women” by Kathryn Jean Lopez dated August 11, 2007 published by Town Hall at http://www.townhall.com/columnists/KathrynJeanLopez/2007/08/11/there_is_a_difference_between_military_men_and_women .
“The Un-American Call for National Service” by Alex Epstein dated September 21, 2007 published by American Daily at http://www.americandaily.com/article/20342 .
“Equal sacrifice in war is necessary” by Ken Allard dated October 3, 2007 published by San Antonio Express News at http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/stories/MYSA100407.02O.allard.213ff45.html .
“An Army of Janes” by Kathryn Jean Lopez dated October 11, 2007 published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YzQ5N2M3ZWM2Y2FlZjFkNWQxMDcyMGU1ZGM5MGM3NDU= .
“Democracy Is Not a Spectator Sport” by Emily Cochran dated November 12, 2007 published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NzU1NDZkYjkyZmI4NDM5YTA2OTYyN2I4MGU3MDIzOTM= .
“AmeriCorps Blowup” by Bethany Stotts dated February 26, 2008 published by Accuracy in Media at http://www.aim.org/aim-column/americorps-blowup/ .
“Barack Obama: The Community Organizer in Chief” by Lee Cary dated April 28, 2008 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/04/barack_obama_the_community_org.html .
“Obama’s Civilian National Security Force” by Lee Cary dated July 20, 2008 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/07/obamas_civilian_national_secur.html .
“College Daze” by Charles Murray dated August 21, 2008 published by American Enterprise Institute at http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.28504,filter.all/pub_detail.asp .
“Time Embraces a Timeless Idea” by Andrew Ferguson dated September 22, 2008 published by The Weekly Standard at http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/015/554usojy.asp .
“To GIVE and To SERVE: The $6 Billion National Service Boondoggle” by Michelle Malkin dated March 25, 2009 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/MichelleMalkin/2009/03/25/to_give_and_to_serve_the_$6_billion_national_service_boondoggle .
“Step Up for Your Country” by Stanley McChrystal dated January 23, 2011 published by The Daily Beast at http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-01-23/stanley-mcchrystals-call-to-national-service/?cid=bs:archive8 .
“Rethinking National Service” by Kenneth Allard dated September 12, 2011 published by National Review Online at http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/276370/rethinking-national-service-col-kenneth-allard .
“Lincoln’s Call to Service – and Ours” by Stanley McChrystal dated May 29, 2013 published by The Wall Street Journal at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324809804578511220613299186.html?KEYWORDS=lincoln%27s+call+to+service+mcchrystal .
“Thank Bill Clinton for AmeriCorps” by Paul Begala dated September 12, 2014 published by CNN at http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/12/opinion/begala-americorps/index.html .