Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke hopes to introduce a bill to Congress this year that would force all young people to spend at least a year “in service to this country.”
Beto obviously did not get the memo that one of the strengths of the US military is that it is voluntary. In recent decades, the trend among numerous countries has been to move from conscription to all-volunteer military forces.
O’Rourke is currently a Texas congressman and addressed his proposal at a town hall in Corsicana on Thursday. He is challenging Senator Ted Cruz for his Senate seat in 2018. Late last year, O’Rourke officially threw his name into the hat for consideration for the U.S. Senate.
O’Rourke’s proposal would require “every young person,” regardless of their socioeconomic background, to serve their country in some way whether that be in military service, a medical unit, a teaching unit etc.