Redundancies and Unemployment

I think the U.K. is a little bit mad. We’re making thousands of soldiers redundant and paying others to sit on their backsides at home.
Why don’t we give unemployed 18-25 year olds the option of 2 years National Service or 2 years ‘Civil Service’ (filling in pot holes, picking up litter, taking care of the elderly etc.) Give them a slightly enhanced payment – tax payers get something for their money, the candidates gain work experience and life experience?
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