Letters to the Editor

Military service enhances patriotism

Universal military service for males, optional for females, should at least be debated even if it is basic infantry service for those physically able and volunteer service for those who do not meet standards of physical activity for a period of at least six months of service. After that, individuals may extend their active duty or serve in the reserves.

Just six months of basic infantry service and job training will enhance patriotism. Most will appreciate college or trade school to further their contribution to their community and society, some may go on to college ROTC or the military academies.

Currently, volunteers in the Army, Navy or Air Force and our National Guard unit may serve two and three combat tours and more. That 1 or 2 percent of our population should not have to shoulder the entire security of our nation. An article in the Military Times states, “Alabama, a state with a population of 5 million, sends more military recruits than Los Angeles, Chicago and New York combined, despite a surrounding population total of nearly 40 million people.”

Several military media recently have endorsed bringing back the draft, but some differ on how this would be done. Veterans should consider joining the American Legion who support veterans, offer programs for our youth to enhance patriotism and host veterans parades and promote patriotism in the community for the freedoms we enjoy.

Richard Eckert Sr.

Ocean Springs

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