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Minister of Public Security Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara is to propose in Parliament to make way for military training for citizens above 18 years of age. 

Speaking to Daily Mirror, he said it was expected to bring in the proposal with the intention of creating a disciplined and law-abiding nation.   

“There is absolutely no discipline in the country. From December 20 last year up to now, more than 100 people have died on the road without adhering to road rules and more than 180 have been reported permanently disabled,” he underlined.

“This shows that there is no discipline in society. Hence, we must provide military training for young men and women above 18 years of age. This is why I will table this proposal in Parliament.

“There is no need to fear military training. It is through military training that a person will be able to stand strong, build personality and leadership skills. Military training will ensure that we have law-abiding, disciplined and responsible citizens,” the Minister said.

Minister Weerasekara added that countries which had employed similar strategies had reaped benefits of such programmes.

“What I intend is that it is important to provide a six-month-long training for those above 18 who pass out from schools,” he said.

When asked when and how it is going to be implemented, the Minister said it is too early to comment on that and added it was up to Parliament to decide on it.

“I will put up the proposal within a short period and I am going to do it,” he affirmed.  

According to an article published on BBC under the title of Reality Check: Which countries have military service? dated June, 2018, the following countries have already made military service compulsory for their citizens.  

  •  All able-bodied males in South Korea are required to complete 21 months of national service in the army, 23 months in the navy or 24 months in the air force.  
  •  In Switzerland, military service is compulsory for men between the ages of 18 and 34.  
  •  Military service is compulsory for 18-year-old men in Brazil. It lasts between 10 and 12 months.  
  •  Men and young, unmarried women in Eritrea are required to undertake 18 months of national military service.  
  •  Military service is mandatory for all Syrian men while it is also compulsory for men and women in Israel. (Sheain Fernandopulle)
     
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  • ANTON Monday, 18 January 2021 11:34 AM

    I THOUGHT BUDDHISM IS FOR PREACHING PEACE.

    Lumbini Monday, 18 January 2021 11:37 AM

    This is where we are heading. Good luck!

    idiot Monday, 18 January 2021 11:45 AM

    also for Tamils and muslims.may god bless youfor your super idea.

    me Monday, 18 January 2021 11:45 AM

    oh man... where r we heading to.....

    citizen Monday, 18 January 2021 11:46 AM

    are sure about this

    Ilham Ismail Monday, 18 January 2021 11:47 AM

    I personally like this idea as this will definitely eliminate bad elements and bring people together eventually will help develop the country. Well thought suggestion Mr.Minister.

    mario Monday, 18 January 2021 11:49 AM

    more robberies on the way as we have seen last week

    Wasantha M Monday, 18 January 2021 11:50 AM

    Agreed...but has to be go proper and very organize way, without jeopardizing the national security

    FF Monday, 18 January 2021 11:51 AM

    SO THAT ALL CITIZENS CAN MAKE THEIR DECISION AND GIVE SUITABLE PUNISHMENT WITHOUT TROUBLING THE COPS AND JUDICIARY

    Anura Hettiarachchi Monday, 18 January 2021 11:54 AM

    Do you have any idea how to train and discipline the politicians who break every basic rule of the book... That should be the starting point.

    RS Monday, 18 January 2021 12:01 PM

    28 countries have compulsory military service in the world according to internet

    Bernard Monday, 18 January 2021 02:38 PM

    Is this a military country in the guise of democracy?

    Dee Monday, 18 January 2021 02:58 PM

    Oh. Lovely! You can get the expertise of aunty Adela.

    Jeganathan Monday, 18 January 2021 03:00 PM

    What is the connection between military training and discipline?

    Mubarack M Haniffa Monday, 18 January 2021 03:11 PM

    After training them more organized crime.

    Idiot boy Monday, 18 January 2021 04:15 PM

    He proposed many ideas. But President does not care. We know.

    Lankan Monday, 18 January 2021 04:22 PM

    How about training the 226 in parliament to be humans first?

    Ranmi Monday, 18 January 2021 04:37 PM

    Idiotic move. Hong Kong part 2. These are chinese rules.

    Saras Monday, 18 January 2021 04:48 PM

    How about training them for the PcR tests we need more staff as it's spreading at a rate.

    Siv Monday, 18 January 2021 04:58 PM

    If so the case that will exclude Tamils and Muslims... Hahaha..

    Joe Monday, 18 January 2021 05:09 PM

    Send the 225 to FIRST. They are the wild animals above every one else.

    Anton Weerasinghe Monday, 18 January 2021 06:26 PM

    Are all military personnel are disciplined? We here on and off about armed robbery, drug dealings, murder etc.

    Basil.Mark Monday, 18 January 2021 10:16 PM

    Make tne age limit clear otherwise even pensioners will be shivering in their boots.

    Lucifer Tuesday, 19 January 2021 06:53 AM

    Don't forget to train our youth in small arms training and to train then in how to desert their training with the weapons and ammunition. This will definitely promote youth discipline to clean-out every single bank vault and safe in the country. Way to go Einstein!

    Thor Tuesday, 19 January 2021 07:03 AM

    So they can take over soon and kick your arse out!!!

    Thor Tuesday, 19 January 2021 07:14 AM

    Gota, look out, he's rearing to kick you out!!!

    Ben Navaratne Tuesday, 19 January 2021 01:25 PM

    Great Idea, This is what we need now. lets have a military diciplined set of youth emergin to rid the 225

    Nihal Weerawardane Wednesday, 27 January 2021 09:57 PM

    55 years back i was cadet in diyatalawa -a platoon from THRURSTAN COLLEGE - this made me discipline life weather you live in COLOMBO - OR GENEVA --


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