Ahmed SufyanTEC English Mr. Greenburg30 January 2018The Right to ChooseIn America, young men are required to register with the federal service within thirty days of their eighteenth birthday. This registration is their given consent to be called for military service in the instance of a military draft where conscription is deemed necessary due to a lack of volunteers to fight. They are then bound by this law until they turn twenty-six. Despite the longevity of this practice historically, in order to ensure security and a form of protection in times of need, is it the right system to be put in place? The obligation of military service can be seen as wrong ethically, morally and legally. This outdated practice restricts natural rights as promised in the very framework of our nation, the constitution of the United States of America. Potential to succeed is limited if a draft is to occur when one is a part of the selective service. This is due to the removal and relocation of an individual in this instance. The denial of this obligatory service can result in criminal penalties and restriction of government assistance.Between the ages of eighteen to twenty-five, the youth of America are either at the peak of their education or specializing and completing their courses. They are building key foundations for a stable future. If they are sent to war during this time, they could potentially be excluded from an all-rounded education or the completion of basic foundations which are necessary for their progression. This inability to attend schooling may result in a reduction of an able-bodied workforce and a limit on professional careers. This would directly affect the economy. If they are sent to war, it also impacts the society around us. There is currently a demand for roles to be filled which require degrees; family doctor and psychologist are just a few. Taking these men out of our society will reduce the successful fulfillment of these professions, slowing down the development of a whole society. Abstaining from the selective service would guarantee everything is in working order and there are no shortages where professionals are needed most.Another key aspect which is not taken into consideration as a result of the requirements by law to sign up for the selective service is religion. Many religious believers rule out fighting and war as it goes against their teachings and what they stand for. The compulsory admission to the conscription service then goes against the freedom of beliefs. Though these individuals can be excused from military service with conscientious objector status, they are still required to serve a set period of time or tour of duty. One of the most attractive features of America is that people refer to it as the “land of the free.” If people are made to participate in war or other volunteer government services unwillingly, then freedom of choice only proves to work on paper. People such as the Quakers believe that non-violent confrontation is much more superior to the use of violence. This is one of their fundamental beliefs and selective service is in direct opposition to that. Once drafted they must attend or assist in a war of potential violent confrontations with supporting volunteer government services. Other religions such as Islam also shun the idea of going to a war for materialistic gain and confronting with violence those who do not attack. The guidelines are quite strict, and unless you are being attacked, it is considered sinful to go ahead and engage in bloodshed and battles. Not only is the actual fighting outlawed in Islam, but any support of an cause such as political or material gain is deemed unlawful. This is because Muslims are not allowed to initiate violence unless their life is in direct immediate danger. This becomes problematic for Muslim Americans In addition to religious and socially beneficial reasons to avoid making selective service compulsory, we can also explore the moral reasons. A child being taken away from their parents, a brother from their siblings, or a parent from their children can be seen as a devastating event. In these instances we feel sorry and pitiful towards the one who has been taken away, and their loved ones who are left to face such consequences, but is not selective service the exact same? Is the idea of making it compulsory to fight a war to protect America, belittling of the innocent lives lost and the families who lose their sons and siblings? The answer to this question can be seen as no. It can be seen as ethically unreasonable to send someone to war against their own free will. Once they have gone to war there is no guarantee that they will return. Despite wars being stressful situations for all members of the country and even globally; forcing people to go to war is unconstitutional due to the lacking protection of their liberty and pursuit of happiness.The Constitution guarantees all residents of The United States protection from the government. In this, a set of natural rights or rights to which everyone is guaranteed is written and can be found in the preamble. In addition, The Declaration of Independence lists rights of Americans. These unalienable rights include life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Liberty can be defined as the freedom to choose or the power to act as one pleases. When one is made to enlist with the selective service with the risk of financial or criminal penalties, These rights are violated. To force a person to fight on behalf of a cause they may or may not support is unconstitutional and is a practice that should not take place as it violates these unalienable rights. furthermore, in the constitution freedom of religion is ensured, but some religions demand peace or outlaw war and conflict. Again, selective service violates the rights of these people.In conclusion the selective service is a practice that should in fact be outlawed as it violates many constitutional principles. Also, it is in direct contradiction of many religions. Furthermore, it has an impact on our society as a whole. It removes youth with much potential from society. Lastly, it is not fair to the families of those drafted. The selective service should definitely be rethought or even abolished.