I think we need mandatory conscription in the USA:
Two years of military service from age 18 to 20, for both men and women.
It teaches you skills (no, not just shooting a gun).
It teaches you self defense.
It teaches you health and fitness.
It teaches you financial responsibility.
It teaches you a trade/job.
It ties a nation together, giving everyone something in common.
It DISCOURAGES involvement in foreign wars, because if everyone had a stake in a war (rich and poor, men and women alike), the country would choose its battles more carefully before sending in the troops, versus an all-volunteer military.
Many other countries already do this, including Switzerland, Austria, Mexico, Brazil, Israel, Norway, Russia, etc.
I think it’s time for us to do the same.
P.S. Please do not ramble on about peace-and-love or feminism, or military-industrial-complex, etc. If a country like Switzerland has been neutral for around 200 years and still requires people to join up after high school, I think you’ll be fine and you’re just a lazy, undisciplined whiner who doesn’t want two years of guaranteed employment and a new skill set upon completion of service.