This is the second part of a two part post by SSG Killbot. In this post SSG Killbot talks about a Heinleinian view of military service and citizenship.
This sense of entitlement and total lack of personal responsibility for their lofty position within society is disgusting to me, and serves as fuel for my Heinleinian view of military service and citizenship in general:
Compulsory two years, or you can't vote, hold office, or lobby congress. You may still live in the United States, but you are not eligible for any benefits provided by the government.
If you're unfit for medical purposes, you qualify for a needs based scholarship in selected fields but you still serve in some administrative section.
All service is certified, there are no additional certifications required for civilian employment. A plumber, for example, will be a journeyman when he's done with his service.
All jobs are selected based on an enlistment test, some jobs will offer a college incentive, but not all.
Marines and Air Force are dissolved into either navy or army.
The military industrial complex becomes property of the federal government, and all profits thereof go directly to reduce the deficit and/or are redistributed to civil projects. Any future R and D will be done through the government only, no corporation can exist in the United States that profits from war.
The space program will be the priority for all weapons, vehicles, and military communications devices to be developed and all patents on discoveries that can be used for humanitarian or civil purposes (to include space craft design and manufacture) will be considered public property.