mread...I understand your desire to ensure our young can grow-up and be responsible adults, however, I disagree with your recommendation. Military service must remain voluntary...we should not enable the indentured servitude of one human being, even if our intentions shout: "it is for his own and society's good." That is the thinking of the collectivist left. Secondly, it is not incumbent on the military to impart "responsibility" on young men and women. The purpose is to produce military men and women with the skills, training, attitude and aptitude so that they are successful defending our nation and effective in combat. It is the job of the parents to inculcate responsibility in their children.