‘Lord Tebbit is wrong to demand national service for the unemployed', says education campaigner

‘Lord Tebbit is wrong to demand national service for the unemployed', says education campaigner

Lord Tebbit made his argument in the Telegraph

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A prominent education campaigner has said she took exception to Lord Norman Tebbit's argument for mandatory military service by young people.

Lord Tebbit, the former chairman of the Tory Party, suggested young, unemployed people between the ages of 18-21 should be required to undergo mandatory service in the army. 

Tebbit said they could form a sort of disaster relief task force. But Natasha Devon MBE said that whilst some people would suit an army environment, others would not.

She said: "He's assumed the reason young people can't get jobs in the current climate for some personal reason. I take exception to that.

"We have to remember people are different, there's lots of reasons why someone might be unemployed. 

"For some people, that kind of environment might be the worst thing you could do to them. 

"What worries me most about Lord Tebbit's suggestion is the mandatory nature of it, because it wouldn't be right for everyone."

However colonel Richard Kemp, who has served in the armed forces and was also on the call, spoke of the "transformative" effect the army can have on young men and women.

Kemp: "I've seen people who joined the army because they could think of nothing else and it made them, it transformed them into an extremely valuable member of society.

"No longer is the military a shouting organisation. Of course there's discipline, but the army aims to build people up. 

"If people are lacking in confidence, the team system makes you do that. 

"Of course it isn't for everyone, some just don't fit in, but in the majority, it can make a man or a woman of you."

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