Opinion: We should bring back national service now I’m too old to have to do it myself

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As the country deals with both war in the Ukraine and recovering from the crisis of the Pandemic, it is vital that we ensure people younger than myself realise their responsibilities as citizens.

It would a privilege for the young to serve their nation through compulsory National Service, because compared to my generation they are immoral and lazy.

National Service could be military or civilian. When I was young I would have jumped at the chance of getting up at 6am and being shot at or wiping old people’s arses, but unfortunately as a youth I had to settle for snorting loads of gak in warehouse parties and a job in an office where nobody much cared what I did.

Today’s kids lack the discipline and work ethic of my generation, and instead hang round in bus stations and outside Subway making me feel uncomfortable and a bit scared – when they could be enjoying the chance of manning the Estonian border in case Vladimir Putin decides to have a go.

To ensure the widest possible field of candidates, I’d suggest a cut-off date of my last birthday as many people even just slightly younger than me could also benefit from the short, sharp shock of discipline which being required to work for their nation would bring.