Will the G.I.V.E. Act lead to mandatory service?

The Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) Act also know as H.R. 1388 will expand education funding and establish a summer service program for students, paying $500 to high-school and middle-school student who participate. The bill would also expand service options for seniors and veterans. These things sound like a good idea, and will benefit local communities but the problem wit the GIVE Act is the very real threat of mandatory service. Coupled with the Department of Defense Decretive 1404.10 the Government would have to power to create a Civilian National Defense force to guard the homeland. Rham Emanuel is advocating for a mandatory three-month civilian training program for every eligible male and female between the ages of 18 and 25.

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In the Duties section of the GIVE Act :

  • 1 (4) Whether existing databases are effective in
  • 2 matching community needs to would-be volunteers
  • 3 and service providers.
  • 4 (5) The effect on the Nation, on those who serve,
  • 5 and on the families of those who serve, if all individuals
  • 6 in the United States were expected to perform
  • 7 national service or were required to perform a certain
  • 8 amount of national service.
  • 9 (6) Whether a workable, fair, and reasonable
  • 10 mandatory service requirement for all able young people
  • 11 could be developed, and how such a requirement
  • 12 could be implemented in a manner that would
  • 13 strengthen the social fabric of the Nation and over
  • 14 come civic challenges by bringing together people from
  • diverse economic, ethnic, and educational back16
  • grounds.

And in the Youth Engagement Zone Program

  • 9 term ‘youth engagement zone program’ means a serv
  • 10ice learning program in which members of an eligible
  • 11 partnership described in paragraph (4) collaborate to
  • 12 provide coordinated school-based or community-based
  • 13 service learning opportunities, to address a specific
  • 14 community challenge, for an increasing percentage of
  • 15 out-of-school youth and secondary school students
  • 16 served by local educational agencies where—
  • 17 ‘‘(A) not less than 90 percent of the students
  • 18 participate in service-learning activities as part
  • 19 of the program; or
  • 20 ‘‘(B) service-learning is a mandatory part
  • 21 of the curriculum in all of the secondary schools
  • 22 served by the local educational agency.

In the DOD Directive :

  • DoD Civilian Expeditionary Workforce. A subset of the DoD civilian workforce that is to be organized, trained, cleared, and ready in a manner that facilitates the use of their capabilities either in a temporary reassignment and/or duty status or to stay in place overseas to support the DoD mission.

People in the Civilian Workforce will not be able to decide to stay in country; the DOD determines the location for civilian service. The DOD usually has control over volunteer location and it’s standard practice. The problem is the mandatory service option which would function like a draft, sending citizens to different locations around the world.

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