WHAT IF?

cvs: In Australia, not only is productivity getting lower, jobs are being lost, the economy is slowing and the work ethic is out of fashion; but also, both child obesity AND the adult mortality rate is up.

bvs: What if national service was introduced into Australia for both men and women?

What if it was not compulsory but opt-in/opt-out? What would be the balance of consequences? What would be the value for Australia? The cost?

It is interesting to do a GBB and explore the possible consequences.

There is convincing evidence that the worker ethic would be revived, thinking and leadership skills would expand along with productivity growth. Also, health would improve and the mortality rate would be lowered.

These findings represent potential benefits that are worth hundreds of billions of dollars and go direct to Australia’s bottom line.

The government has already done the research and is aware of this potential bvs but may simply be too politically timid to do anything about it.

One thought on “Thought Experiment: What if? … National Service

  1. Abandoning the National Service probably was one of the biggest blunders made in the post WWII world. The reason is that the service was placed at the end of adolescence and beginning of adulthood. Living in partially isolated environment, with great demands on discipline, order and cooperation, the participants learned how to act responsibly, they sa many examples of the fact that most disasters happen unintentionally, yet because of laxness in some respect, and so on. In brief, the whole process was a sort of finishing school before entering the real life of adults. WIthout it, the essntial skills are missing.

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