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Mandatory Military Service For Athletes


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Was reading about how Shin Soo Choo of Cleveland avoided South Korea's mandatory 2 years of military service by virtue of S. Korea winning the Asia Cup or something similar...

Which lead me to wonder: a lot of European countries have a year or two of mandatory military service for all its citizens. If you object to military service, there is an equivalent (usually longer) period of civil service you may enter. I just don't recall hearing about any European athletes serving their time before playing, or is being really good with a ball/stick/puck/etc. count for an exemption? I don't know the exact rules for every country, but I don't recall the big European names here in the U.S. and back at their homes ever interrupting or postponing their careers to do their time for their country...

Does anybody know why this is? Were these players getting good deals for being athletes, or maybe it wasn't publicized. Just curious...

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Its not as heavily enforced over in Europe, and where it is its typically much shorter then two years. Also alot of countries such as Germany are just doing away with it completely.

Its just not worth it anymore. Your better off having a paid military and allowing the people to either go to college or work, rather then forcing them to serve, especially during peace time. The moral arguments for conscription I also feel are either highly debatable or very dated, so I don't think conscription is coming back here anytime soon.

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I went to school with a German citizen. He mention military service once (over a few beers, so may be misremembering) and said while Germany still had mandatory military service in the law, it was very very rarely enforced. They had enough people wanting to join that there was no use in conscripting citizens into the service. The law was never reversed just in case they would need to use it.

I assume it is similar in other European nations.

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I went to school with a German citizen. He mention military service once (over a few beers, so may be misremembering) and said while Germany still had mandatory military service in the law, it was very very rarely enforced. They had enough people wanting to join that there was no use in conscripting citizens into the service. The law was never reversed just in case they would need to use it.

I assume it is similar in other European nations.

The law recently was reversed and 2011 will be the last year it will be on the German books.

But yeah, for most countries a year of service would be alot. Most its only about 6 months or so. Countries don't want to be pulling people out of college to go serve in a peace time army.

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I wouldn't mind mandatory service to get a Federal grant or even a discount for college...but as far as athletes...does anyone really want to give people like Plaxico Burress, Pacman Jones or Gilbert Arenas access to even higher-powered weapons?

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I wouldn't mind mandatory service to get a Federal grant or even a discount for college...but as far as athletes...does anyone really want to give people like Plaxico Burress, Pacman Jones or Gilbert Arenas access to even higher-powered weapons?

A little military discipline would have done wonders for those gents. As for access to weapons, at least the rest of the company would likely have weapons too. ;)

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I wouldn't mind mandatory service to get a Federal grant or even a discount for college.

I'm on board with that idea. Only problem is that there would be a high turnover rate because everyone who wants to attend college will be flocking to get grants. I guess there's good and bad in everything.

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I wouldn't mind mandatory service to get a Federal grant or even a discount for college.

I'm on board with that idea. Only problem is that there would be a high turnover rate because everyone who wants to attend college will be flocking to get grants. I guess there's good and bad in everything.

Who cares, it still makes them work for their "handouts" and might teach a couple of them a lesson in worth ethic, responsibility and realizing how lucky they are to be American. We could put them in reserves or in more of a community service role, not overseas combat.

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I wouldn't mind mandatory service to get a Federal grant or even a discount for college.

I'm on board with that idea. Only problem is that there would be a high turnover rate because everyone who wants to attend college will be flocking to get grants. I guess there's good and bad in everything.

Who cares, it still makes them work for their "handouts" and might teach a couple of them a lesson in worth ethic, responsibility and realizing how lucky they are to be American. We could put them in reserves or in more of a community service role, not overseas combat.

You can learn all those things in college. I did. You don't need to enlist in the military in order to develop a work ethic and personal responsibility, and realize how lucky you are to be an American.

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