Not impressed with conscription stance

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. 

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Renaissance Man

I hear what you’re saying, Denis. I believe Major S. Caton addressed this on Limey some time ago. Personally, I see this as an involuntary community service. If there wasn’t so much societal division, conscription wouldn’t be needed. The Regiment does serve a much needed societal need in this regard, and provides structure to many who need it. Even though you are there, you are not the one who’ll benefit the most from the experience. The Support Company is the most under-utilized plus to the place. Why not emulate the US forces and use it as a training vehicle? Get… Read more »

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Renaissance Man, As I suggested over on Limey in Bermuda, “involuntary community service” should be an all or nothing affair. The random and sexist draft is not helpful. Either all should be required to perform “involuntary community service” or none should. I’m not suggesting that the regiment doesn’t have merit and ability to make a great difference. What I’m suggesting is that what the community thinks it achieves is often far from what it actually achieves. From what I’ve seen, very few benefit from the “structure” it provides. As I’ve said in the past, we need to decide what the… Read more »

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Renaissance Man

Agreed on most points. Pay and opportunity are the biggest shortfalls. Would you be willing to help advance the training aspects? I do some pro-bono work for the Regiment, would love for them to ACTUALLY think about expanding their positive influence. They were great 10-20 years ago with the Junior Leaders program. Having this back in the schools couldn’t hurt. It’s a case of too little, to late with the social issues. Better to catch people long before they get to the troubled stage. Unfortunately, most military institutions fall into the same problems with anti-social youth. The drills (as inane… Read more »