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Should We Have Mandatory Military Service? | America From Scratch

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Mandatory service in a democratic society? On July 1, 1973, the draft ended. Now the United States relies on an all-volunteer military. But what if all citizens were required to perform some sort of service, either military or public service? Viewers of a short PBS video are asked to consider what they think of such a proposal.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Before viewing the video, have class members brainstorm the pros and cons of mandatory military service
  • Create a second list of ideas for ways to engage in mandatory public service
Classroom Considerations
  • The video is part of the PBS "American From Scratch" series
Pros
  • For enrichment, a link is provided to a related article about the history of the draft
Cons
  • None
Common Core