The whole mentality to war is much different now, I would only put my life on the line for my family and thats about it. If my country went to war the only people that should deserve to die would be the politicians - the idiots responsible for it.
In any case what good would untrained soldiers be? it would be a massacre, with the weapons they have nowadays you'd be dead before you even made it to the battleground.
As for the army and patriotism, no way, not ever for me.
I can't imagine some nouveau riche guy going into battle-
I spent some time with a Jewish client a few years back in Poland, he was a lawyer among other things, a great big fat dude, he was (like all Israelis) a part time soldier as well. He used to go on duty for so many months a year. Weird for us, normal to them.