Keheliya says mandatory military training “only a proposal”
ECONOMYNEXT- The government says the idea to provide military training for all citizens over 18 years of age is only a proposal presented to the government, and it is a thing already done in some of the so-called five-star democracies in the world.
Co- Cabinet Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella told reporters today that in order to look into that proposal the relationship between the political surroundings in our country and the administrative sector should be analyzed first.
“There is no wrong in looking whether there is a need for such thing,” he added at the weekly cabinet briefing.
Because he said it is implemented even in the so-called five-star democratic countries in the world and people who reject it can face penalties.
Yesterday, the Minister of Public Security Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara said that he will submit to parliament a proposal to provide military training for all citizens over 18 years of age.
Weerasekara told the privately-owned Sirasa TV this morning that the objective of his proposal is to use military training for personality development and to create a law-abiding society.
“Nobody should fear the idea of military training. It’s with military training that a man can learn to stand up straight and look a person in the eye. It builds personality and instils leadership qualities, respect for the law, discipline, and a sense of responsibility. These are the expected outcomes. Nobody should be apprehensive of it,” he said.
The minister said the proposal is to mandate military training for “young people”, both male and female but did not specify an upper age limit.
“It is with such training that we may be able to build a law-abiding society,” he added.
Several nations which have compulsory or required military service, as well as voluntary military service, are Bermuda, Burundi, Cape Verde, Colombia, France, Kuwait, Mali, Mauritania, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, and Venezuela.
While, the United States does not have compulsory military service; however, it is also included in this list because all males between the ages of 18 and 25 must register with the Selective Service to be drafted if needed. The United States has the highest defence spending of any country.
Also, nations which have compulsory military service for up to one year are Brazil, Estonia, France, Greece, Qatar, Sweden, and Turkey. (Colombo/Jan19/2021)
Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe