Compulsory Military Service Panel 4

4. Should people who refuse military service be killed?

If someone is drafted but refuses to report, or is currently serving and decides to quit, should they be treated as a criminal — arrested? And what if they resist arrest? Should they be killed?

If you aren’t willing to arrest draft dodgers and deserters then military service is no longer compulsory. And…

If you aren’t willing to kill people who resist arrest then people will just decline to be arrested. Then what? Can you see that the idea of making something compulsory really depends on your willingness to kill people who disagree with you?

Review the degrees of aggression suggested in “Need help understanding the slider?” At what level, for what purposes, do you prefer that draft dodgers and deserters be killed? Use the slider below to register your current opinion.

Need help understanding the slider?
Pick 0% if you think military service should always be voluntary, including allowing soldiers to resign (just like other jobs). This means that a military force would need to be recruited and retained using persuasion.
Pick 10 or 20% if you want soldiers to be unable to quit in time of war. This means you’ll use some aggression to retain soldiers during war, but otherwise you want to use persuasion.
Pick 30 or 40% if you believe soldiers must honor their full enlistment commitment at all times.
Pick 50 or 60% if you want to draft people for military service during foreign wars.
Pick 70 or 80% if you support reinstituting the draft as part of a “national service” requirement.
Pick 90 or 100% if you want draft resisters and deserters imprisoned, or even shot.


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