It's mandatory service in Israel for men and women, you dont hear them complaining because theyre surrounded by enemies. The more the merrier!
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Not everyone holds your views. Not everyone gives a crap about "the greater good." Human beings have a selfish streak; some more than others. What one finds in a Capitalist system however is that frequently, that selfishness inevitably results in benefit for all. Greedy people want to make money. They make money by selling something a lot of people want. Thus they provide the public with something valuable and get rewarded for it. The motivation is selfishness, the end result is benefit for all.
It doesn't work in all systems, there are some where a certain amount of government intervention is necessary in order to prevent abuse. Fire departments and security are good examples. National defense is another.
Civil service positions have their purpose. But civil service is by no means for everyone. It is also naive to think that just because someone has never bothered with civil service that they have never done anything to benefit society. One can still benefit themselves even when doing something that benefits society as a whole. One can benefit tremendously in fact while benefitting society as a whole tremendously.
Forcing people into civil service will not necessarily benefit society. For example, if you force the CEO of a pharmaceutical company to do a few months of community service each year, you are taking him/her away from a job that would benefit millions of Americans in exhcange for making him do something that might benefit a handful or at most a few hundred.
On top of that, forcing people to do civil service will not give them "a greater appreciation for their country"; it will do the opposite in the vast majority of cases. Unless coupled with brainwashing and massive propaganda campaigns, it will instill a greater DISsatisfaction with their nation.
Anyway, so as I said, civil service is fine as a voluntary thing. It should REMAIN voluntary.
MOD EDIT: I don't give 2 ****s what you think is lame.