Separated this from the other thread because I would like the thoughts of my fellow posters on a different Universal Conscription idea. I am not pretending it is mine. It is from Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein. The basic concept is all citizens are allowed to serve the nation. If not qualified for the military or if you have moral reasons for not serving in the military there would be other ways to serve. But here is the kicker. You could not vote or run for office if you had not served. Oh, you could have all the other benefits of citizenship but voting and holding office would be restricted to those who had served. Alternate service could be in Vista or Peace Corps like services or in renovating inner cities. Pay would be low and discipline required, It has a certain appeal to me but I would like to hear what you think.