David N. Snyder wrote:I see from this link that military service would have been only 6 months, which was the length of your sentence.
And they have positions available that are un-armed for a 9 month hitch.
But I agree in that I also don't like a forced conscription. I have lived in countries that have conscription and it makes the soldiers very bitter about having to serve, even if they don't have any moral objections.
EmptyShadow wrote:"And your main crime is refusing to perform military service? " lol
It's like your main crime is not willing to participate in killing other human beings. Becouse the point of military service is to be trained for possible war, and war is basicaly killing other being no matter if you protect your country or becouse you do it for other worldy justification. In that sense if you dont wanna be part of killing someone there's no point to be trained for that.
Siviilipalvelus, or civiltjänst ("civilian service"), is an alternative service in Finland. It is provided as an alternative to military service provided by Article 127 of the Finnish constitution for conscientious objectors. The service length is 347 days, changed from 395 days in 2008 (does not apply retroactively). It can be entered into by filing paperwork indicating that one has ethical or religious objections to military service.
David N. Snyder wrote:In the U.S. where there is no conscription, it is seen more as a career move, especially for officers and they are getting better educated, many with Master's degrees or higher. And perhaps as a result you find more officers reluctant to go to war, although the politicians are another story who always mess things up.