During the early summer I ventured out to Europe, mainly Switzerland and Austria. As I learned more about their culture I was shocked to hear that they have a conscripted Military. Shocked as in astonished that they are neutral countries but every able male are mandated to do service, civil or military. I also learned about their university system as well, but that's for another discussion. The reason I ventured out was because I was feeling down and stressed about college. I was turned down by USNA, USMA, and an NROTC scholarship. I was on the verge of enlisting altogether. My cousins from Europe saw this and asked me to go there to learn about their culture, so I did. Two of them served, one in the civil service for the police and the other in the military. What I learned over there was very intriguing and made me question if the United States should do something similar. They served because they had to; I would like to share my experience with college students, so I am sticking with a college programmer path via VTCC. So, I ask you all (veterans, current service men and women, and/or future officers) if the US should have a mandatory service , not just with military but with civil as well? My European cousins and friends said that it benefited them because they still got paid while in and was able to save for college.