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What Keeps Young Men from Enlisting in Russia-Ukraine War

The continuing conflict between Russia and Ukraine has highlighted the divisive policy of military conscription that both countries utilise to compel their citizens to fight for their respective purposes.

People would presumably choose to fight for their nation in a just war, but the reality is far from that ideal. Many young men have chosen not to participate in the fight as a result of the conscription system used in these countries, which creates severe ethical issues.

The practise of conscription, often known as the draft, entails the state having the power to order its inhabitants to report to military installations where they are essentially compelled to serve the state's interests, frequently at a salary established by the state.

Conscription's need that people participate in conflict, which essentially amounts to state-sanctioned slaughter, is, nevertheless, its most concerning feature. As a result, conscription can be viewed as a sort of military slavery because it compels people to give up their time and labour to support the government's violent goals.

Due to the absence of active conscription, some would contend that the United States fundamentally differs from Russia and Ukraine. While it is true that the US government has not recently enacted conscription, this is partly because there are no pressing military needs that call for an increase in personnel. Instead, the US still operates a conscription system known as the draft, in which young males are required by law to register when they become 18 years old.

In the US, disobedience or refusal to register for the draught can have serious repercussions, such as arrest, legal action, conviction, and incarceration. This was seen in the Vietnam War, when those who refused to report for duty were subject to punishment. Famous boxer Muhammad Ali was specifically targeted for his dissident attitude since he declined to take part in the conflict due to religious reasons.

It is essential to understand that the American system of draft registration operates as a covert kind of conscription, comparable to what is seen in Russia and Ukraine. This serves as a warning that the administration would not be hesitant to use active conscription in order to get a sufficient number of troops if the US finds itself involved in a new conflict. Foreign interventionism would undoubtedly lead the Pentagon and CIA to enlist both men and women to "serve their country."

The moral quandaries associated with mandatory military service are brought to light by the Russia-Ukraine conflict and its dependence on conscription. The legitimacy of these wars and the requirement to fight in them is being questioned more and more by the populace, especially young men.


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