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Military service should be voluntary because of the choices and sacrifices the military forces people to make. As a military child I understand what the military service can do to lifestyles, relationships and individuals. The time spent serving in the military can uproot or separate families, friends and destroy those relationships. The places you live and how you live will change. The training, expectations and things the military forces you to do will change people and not always for the best. The military is not for everyone and making service mandatory will cause more problems for our nation and its people than its worth.
During my life I have lived in six different places over sixteen years and have spent years of that time separated from my mother because of the military. Not being able to have a stable environment during my childhood had its pro’s and con’s but the loss of friends and constantly changing schools was still hard. The military had forced my mother to move every three years, take classes that sent her away from her family and survive off of a military pay chec…