UK Nat’l Service bill awaits 2nd reading

The British parliament are set for the second round of debates on a bill that restores the Prime Minister™s version of the military service for young people, potentially changing their life plans.

If signed into law, the legislature would make it obligatory for 18-to-26-year-olds to live away from their natural home for a year and take part in one or more public services including œcharitable work, social action, care for the elderly or disabled, overseas development activity, or work connected with the National Health Service, the emergency services or the Armed Forces.”

The new regulations would mean able young adults at the end of high school or college, looking toward university education or starting a new career, will be forced into public service for the national minimum wage, or, face criminal charges.

During the 2010 general election campaign, UK PM David Cameron pledged to require every 16-year-old to take part in a “non-military national service” scheme.

Cameron mentioned the scheme again in mid-August 2011 after thousands of people wrecked stores, attacked passers-by and set buildings alight in a wave of unrest in the capital London and several major cities across England.

Britain had a national service, also called the War Service or Military Service, for the first time during World War I from 1916 to 1919 and then twenty years later just after the start of World War II from 1939 to 1960.

The parliament™s official website, on Monday, posted the date for the national service bill™s second out of three readings, saying it has been deferred to February 28, 2014.

The bill was introduced to the House of Commons on June 24.

It has to pass the House of Commons and the House of Lords before being considered for Royal Assent, which is the British Queen™s thumbs up.


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