Callahan wrote:Plus, you can't deny that military service can be a real character-builder. I've read somewhere that Israel (I think) has a year of compulsory service for every citizen, be it regular military or national guard or somewhere else. I don't know, I think it could have definite benefit.
Other countries seem to believe that. Not 100% compulsory, always exceptions, you know.
Austria - 18-35 males, 6 months
Belarus - 18-27 males, 12 or 18 months
Finland - I know it's 6 months for males, not sure what age.
Germany - 18-37 males, 9 months
Egypt - Males, up to 4 years. And if you don't serve, you can never hold public office.
I know Israel is 3 years for men and 2 years for women.
How about Heinlein and Starship troopers where citizenship and its benefits are given to those who serve in the military.