HOUSE OF WINDSOR’S PRINCE HARRY CALLS FOR U.K. MILITARY CONSCRIPTION
The UK’s Prince Harry says Britain should bring back the Mandatory National Service.
The youngest son of Prince Charles has fought for the British army in Afghanistan, which many campaigners and activists were angered by.
Following a trip to New Zealand he said, “I dread to think where I’d be without the Army. Bring back National Service I’ve said that before. But I put my hand up, as I said to the kids today, you can make bad choices, some severe, some not so severe. You can make bad choices in life, but it’s how you recover from those and which path you end up taking. And the Army has done amazing things for me. And more importantly to me, what I’ve seen the Army do to other young guys.”
The Prince has always struggled with his life in the public eye and many observers feel he has always wanted to live a shy and retiring life. Harry has had many of his actions often scrutinized and feels the army is an escape from his life as a royal.
He said, “Without a doubt, it does keep you out of trouble. Different people do it for different reasons. I did it because since I was a kid I enjoyed wearing the combats, I enjoyed running around with a rifle, jumping in a ditch and living in the rain, and stuff. But then when I grew up, it became more than that, it became an opportunity for me to escape the limelight. I’ve had an epic 10 years, I’ve had great fun. The Army keep giving me great jobs, and I can never thank them enough for that.”
Now the young Prince is calling for a return of National Service. However many campaigners feel this should remain a choice and making it compulsory could have devastating consequences.
Conscription in the United Kingdom has existed for two periods in modern times. The first was from 1916 to 1920, the second was from 1939 to 1960, with the last conscripted soldiers having left the service in 1963.
‘Britain should bring back National service’
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