National Service

By introducing compulsory "National Service" which kicks in immediately after GCSE's, you can give valuable training, preparation and skills to our young people while also using them to supplement/replace some of our emergency service (Police, Fire, Ambulance and Coastguard for example) as well as assisting with civil engineering projects, such as roads, etc...

Exceptions could be made for those who have joined the Armed Forces, otherwise at the end of their term (maybe 5 years?) they will have gone through an apprenticeship (while also completing duties as emergency service providers) and be offered further education at university at the government's expense (tuition only).

The savings from this idea come from a reduced salary bill for our emergency service as well as an increased presence, due to the fact that the National Service Members (with exception for tutors and senior members) will be paid in food and board as well as training, skills and further education.

Why the contribution is important

This could help with questions concerning the University Grants while also overcoming the staffing shortfalls which all services are citing.

We could disband our current police, firefighter and Coastguard units and hire former members of these groups to become senior members and tutors for the national service thus significantly reducing the salary bill for these duties.

by Halfdan89 on April 05, 2017 at 11:10AM

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  • Posted by peanuts April 05, 2017 at 11:19

    This is pure fanciful nonsense. How much do you think it would cost to run national service. The personnel and infrastructure required would be astronomical. Ideas are meant to save money. You may as well have suggested replacing the horse tram horses with unicorns.
  • Posted by Manxcat April 05, 2017 at 12:18

    That would result in even more young people leaving the Island, to avoid this. We need to encourage that age group to stay here.
  • Posted by Aadvark April 06, 2017 at 10:04

    I echo Manxcat's comment
  • Posted by CastletownIOM April 07, 2017 at 10:51

    A cadet/volunteer force could instill ownership in the Isle of Man. It could be a volunteer force that is used for eco projects, police, fire service, hospital clerks etc. This could be a service before you "earn" your Isle of Man status.
    Singapore have a system that may be worth looking at.
    The age should be appropriate to when you leave education.
  • Posted by brockley April 09, 2017 at 08:50

    Presumably you just finished your A levels halfdan89 and are age exempt?
  • Posted by ninjadispenser April 09, 2017 at 13:19

    There is already Cadet organisations on the Island which help young folks towards joining armed forces.Replacing trained Police officers and paramedics with school leavers is frankly a terrifying idea for both us and them! Police and other emergency staff take time to train and you can't save money by just chucking someone into it from school.Also,unlike some countries that force National Service,we give people freedom of choice to follow their dreams.To do something well,one has to want to do it and I think we have much more freedom of thought than our predessors used to(no disrespect intended at all) It was a different time is all.
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