The UBP’s platform states
We will carry out a broad review of the Bermuda Regiment, including its operations and conscription policy to ensure that it is meeting the current social and security needs of our community.
In my opinion, this offers nothing to those who are or will be conscripted. The above statement suggests that dialog will occur from the community perspective, not that of conscripts.
What should be occur is a review to ensure that there is fairness in the practice of conscription and a solid review of why so few choose to volunteer.
Number one. Conscription is biased and sexist. If there is to be conscription, it should not be pseudo-random. Either all are conscripted or non are. It should also not be sexist, if women are eligible to volunteer they are eligible to be conscripted.
Number two. Despite the pay increases and new bonus structure, conscripts are still underpaid in comparison to just about any part time job. This significantly reduces any individual’s willingness to volunteer. This should be considered alongside other factors to make regiment more attractive to volunteers, enough so to eliminate the need for conscription altogether.
Number three, if a community review is to be conducted while sexist conscription exists, women should not be allowed to have a say. Equality should be a two way street.
The UBP’s proposal offers nothing to conscripts.