Given the state of the world, however, I’m not sure I don’t think we need some form of compulsory basic training for every kid once he or she graduates from high school or reaches the age of 18. It could be modified so that college-bound students wouldn’t get a late start, but intense enough to squeeze in the fundamentals. I don’t think weapons training is an absolute necessity, but I don’t think learning about discipline, doing what one is told to do, taking personal responsibility for one’s own actions, or many of the humbling lessons the army teaches would be a bad thing at all – particularly in this time when far too many kids know nothing about self-respect or respect for others or anything about being in a situation where one is required to do what one is told to do. The Army is very good at that sort of thing.
I think most would come through this modified Basic Training with a much better idea of what life is going to expect of them and, frankly, end up saying they were glad they had the experience, but wouldn’t want to do it again.
That’s -30- for this week.