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the-unpopular-opinions:

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.

Most importantly…

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.

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the-unpopular-opinions:

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.

Most importantly…

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.

So true


rorschachx:

Sam Droege is head of the US Geological Survey Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory in Maryland, and for the past seven years he and his team have been photographing bees and other insects to create online reference catalogues to help researchers identify the thousands of species across North America. Here is a selection of their work. ( Click images for brief description)
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Sam Droege is head of the US Geological Survey Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory in Maryland, and for the past seven years he and his team have been photographing bees and other insects to create online reference catalogues to help researchers identify the thousands of species across North America. Here is a selection of their work. ( Click images for brief description)
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| images by Sam Droegerorschachx:

Sam Droege is head of the US Geological Survey Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory in Maryland, and for the past seven years he and his team have been photographing bees and other insects to create online reference catalogues to help researchers identify the thousands of species across North America. Here is a selection of their work. ( Click images for brief description)
View more on The Guardian
| images by Sam Droegerorschachx:

Sam Droege is head of the US Geological Survey Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory in Maryland, and for the past seven years he and his team have been photographing bees and other insects to create online reference catalogues to help researchers identify the thousands of species across North America. Here is a selection of their work. ( Click images for brief description)
View more on The Guardian
| images by Sam Droegerorschachx:

Sam Droege is head of the US Geological Survey Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory in Maryland, and for the past seven years he and his team have been photographing bees and other insects to create online reference catalogues to help researchers identify the thousands of species across North America. Here is a selection of their work. ( Click images for brief description)
View more on The Guardian
| images by Sam Droegerorschachx:

Sam Droege is head of the US Geological Survey Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory in Maryland, and for the past seven years he and his team have been photographing bees and other insects to create online reference catalogues to help researchers identify the thousands of species across North America. Here is a selection of their work. ( Click images for brief description)
View more on The Guardian
| images by Sam Droege

rorschachx:

Sam Droege is head of the US Geological Survey Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory in Maryland, and for the past seven years he and his team have been photographing bees and other insects to create online reference catalogues to help researchers identify the thousands of species across North America. Here is a selection of their work. ( Click images for brief description)

View more on The Guardian

| images by Sam Droege