Teens in disbelief at UK Prime Minister’s vow to bring back national service

Young Britons have erupted over British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s pledge to restore compulsory national service if his party wins the election.

Under the proposed system, all British 18-year-olds would serve their country for a year, choosing between full-time employment in a branch of the armed forces or volunteering at weekends with charities or civic groups.

Mr. Sunak’s point about the new National Service was that “generations of young people have not been given the opportunities or experiences they deserve.”

The prime minister also claimed that the plan “creates a sense of common purpose among our young people and renews a sense of pride in our country.”

Lee Parkinson, a British teacher who is also an author and podcaster, said he could think of many better ways to help young people grow up with more pride in Britain.

“The ability for young people to enter the housing market at some point in their lives … investment to ensure that we have enough teachers in our schools so that our education system can continue and be sustainable … better mental health support, maybe see a GP in a few days,” he said in response to the announcement on TikTok.

The 34-year-old British journalist Lewis Goodall spoke to the British Home Secretary James Cleverly (54) about how young people would feel at the LBC radio station.

“Can you understand that if you’re young you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Conservative Party doesn’t like me?” Goodall said.

“He tripled their tuition fees, took away their right to work and study in Europe without hindrance, failed to properly fund the education pandemic recovery plan because his prime minister, when he was chancellor, said he didn’t want to find the money, but now he has found the money , which gets them to go off and do something on the weekends when they’re all grown up, or gets them to go into the military.”

Mr Cleverly replied: “We’re trying to address some of the challenges, some of the difficulties that young people face.

“I talk to young people a lot … when I was in London I heard people say they don’t mix with kids from the next door’s postcode.”

Goodall interjected, “Pensioners don’t do that, Home Secretary. Pensioners do not mix with people from neighboring zip codes. It doesn’t mean you force them to go and mingle with people.”

Social media was flooded with angry comments from young Britons who dreaded the prospect of military service.

“The best I can say.” Well done Sun,” one man wrote, firing back: “Yes, because you’re a fossil and it won’t affect you.”

“I think it’s good. Brings discipline back to the youth,” wrote another Boomer.
This comment prompted this sarcastic response: “When did you serve?”

Some asked if the video of Mr Sunak, 44, announcing the plan was “really real” or “is this WHAT?”

Many young people who discovered the plan through snippets of Mr Sunak’s speech on social media wanted to know what would happen to their higher education, weekend jobs and apprenticeships.

“So at 16 I have a full-time apprenticeship that will last four years, do I have to do weekend work when I turn 18?” asked one of the teenagers.

“I’m 16, I’ll be 18 in two years, but I have practical training, so what? I only have to give my weekends, even though I work all week,” said another.

“So 18-year-olds who work weekends have to give up this unpaid work?” someone else asked.

One mother wrote: “My daughter is 17 and already works most weekends and school holidays.”

“You fail to understand that working class children in full-time education are most likely already working weekends,” read another comment.

Mr Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty are estimated to be worth £651m ($1.25bn) in The Sunday Times rich list. Mr Sunak is a former hedge fund manager, but Ms Murty is the daughter of one of India’s richest men. The couple has two young daughters.

Young Britons were baffled that they would not be allowed to vote into the proposed system of national service.

“This is not fair. It’s something that affects us kids and we don’t even get to vote or have a say in it,” one person commented on a video posted by Britain’s Conservative Party in which Mr. Sunak addressed TikTok users specifically.

“I love how a policy that ONLY affects young people (who can’t even vote!) appeals to older voters?!” another important note that can be read elsewhere.

“The National Service idea is 100 percent a last-chance effort to demonize the younger generation to get the over-50 population to vote for them,” claimed a third.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak promises to restore compulsory national service

A royal commission is set up to look into how the scheme should be implemented.

You can apply for the first pilot program from September 2025 – before it is made available to everyone nationally by the end of the 2029-2030 parliament.

It is expected to cost £2.5 billion ($4.8 billion) a year and will be paid for out of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, which was set up to build Britain by cracking down on tax avoidance.

Britain’s army is at its smallest size since the Napoleonic Wars 200 years ago and there are growing calls for a return to national service in the wake of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Britain needs to train a “citizen army” to be ready to fight on land, according to its army chief.

Earlier this year, General Sir Patrick Sanders said: “Ukraine is a brutal illustration of how regular armies start wars – civilian armies win them.”

The number of British armed forces has fallen by a third since 2000, according to the Ministry of Defence.

Britain is woefully unprepared and unable to fight a “high-intensity” war, defense committee representatives have warned.

There is concern that more and more young Britons are not working or studying.

According to data from the National Statistics Office, approximately 850,000 young people between the ages of 18 and 24 are not studying, working or training, which is an increase of 20,000 in one year.

This is the highest since 2016 – and it was driven by young men.

Britain introduced national service in 1947, when the country was recovering from World War II. It was scrapped in 1960.

– with the Sun

Leave a Comment