Originally Posted by Big Pun
It's embarrassing to say, now that I have time to think about it there's some good points. It was, persuade an audience of college students on whether or not one year of national service should be mandatory. I wasn't sure if it meant military, or working for the government in general, etc.
It was the last class I needed for my CCAF degree, which is about as useful as a piss on a forest fire, so I'm not too upset.
It is to test your ability to develop an argumentation .
You could have also started with the different options around the concept of national service.
Some countries have civic national service .
You could have spoken about the different trends around the world .
European countries tend to opt now for a more professional small in numbers army when others countries need to enrol in mass in case of a conflict like Israel and so on.
You could have spoken about the cost and also the social impact of a national service on populations.
There is a massive debate in Europe about the return of a national service especially to respond to the need of a better social/ethnic cohesion despite the relative cost and the poor level of combat ability gained during that year.
It was a fascinating subject.