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Poland ends conscription.


hairball 20 | 313  
10 Sep 2008 /  #1
WARSAW, Sept 10 (Reuters) - This summer, just before Russia's war with Georgia, the Polish government approved a long-planned bill aligning the NATO member with others in Europe by ending conscription.

Many young men are delighted, but in a country feeling more vulnerable as Russia flexes its military muscle, some experts worry the reform may be hastily prepared and too costly.

Coinciding with rising tensions after Warsaw decided at the height of the Georgia conflict to allow the United States to station parts of a missile shield on its soil, the reform aims to trim down the military to a professional force.

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Bratwurst Boy 9 | 11,682  
10 Sep 2008 /  #2
Poland ends conscription??? Why doesn't Germany?
ShelleyS 14 | 2,893  
10 Sep 2008 /  #3
Why doesn't Germany?

I didn't even know that Germany still had national service...

I'm actually torn on the idea of national service, most people in England say it was the worst thing we ever did to get rid of it.

I wonder what the general feeling is amongst the older generation in Poland.
lesser 4 | 1,311  
10 Sep 2008 /  #4
Finally, this is one and only liberal minded decision of this supposed to be 'liberal' government. The rest is disgrace.
LondonChick 31 | 1,133  
10 Sep 2008 /  #5
I'm actually torn on the idea of national service, most people in England say it was the worst thing we ever did to get rid of it.

Me too - on one hand, I think that it would set up a lot of young guys for life, and train them in basic skills and get them fit. But at the same time, not everyone is cut out for army life, and it could be hell for some.

What's the deal re national service in Poland?
lesser 4 | 1,311  
10 Sep 2008 /  #6
What's the deal re national service in Poland?

They regularly training cleaning service personnel.
LondonChick 31 | 1,133  
10 Sep 2008 /  #7
Some how I think that you are talking sh1t...
OP hairball 20 | 313  
10 Sep 2008 /  #8
Everybody that I've spoke too are pleased. Now you will only have people who want to be soldiers. So they should be a better more reliable force.
dcchris 8 | 432  
10 Sep 2008 /  #9
in poland its good that they ended it now there wont be alot of youngsters enrolled in uni just to avoid the service. they go for the first few days and then do nothing...
lesser 4 | 1,311  
10 Sep 2008 /  #10
Some how I think that you are talking sh1t...

Somehow this is the only answer you have got and nobody else deny.
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,148  
10 Sep 2008 /  #11
I'm actually torn on the idea of national service

Forcing people, who really don't want to be in the army very much is stupid but in my opinion next to a proffesional army there should be opportunity for volunteers to do a few months long military training.

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