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Is an army really necessary?

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 28 Oct 2009, 14:21
Post 07 Nov 2009, 17:42
Dear Comrades

Thank you for your collective insight. I agree with Mabool. In an evolved Communist State, which would be worldwide, there would be no enemies, and therefore no requirement for an old style, feudal army. The question is, in the meantime, how do we structure a Socialist society, so that its structures reflect the eventual objective?

Communal defence has existed, such as name clan villages in China, having a martial blue print that the men and women of the village adhere to. Different branches of the clan, train to defend one area of the village - with this defence becoming a martial speciality for that family line. However, Socialist defence, must be just that, and not offensive, such as the bourgeois armies.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 26 Aug 2009, 19:24
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Post 15 Dec 2009, 03:55
I usually don't talk about these sorts of things, but here's my idea.

I think as long as there are imperialist nations with advanced armies, a socialist nation will need a professional fighting force. However, considering the threat of invasion and the possibility of revolutions happening elsewhere in need of assistance, encouraging skills used in war in the general population would be a good idea. In essence, the skills needed for national self reliance would be a part of everyday life.

For example, in PE classes can consist of calisthenics and cardio. There can be shooting clubs for both young students and working adults, and the purchase or lease of a rifle like the SKS or a pistol like the glock17 to the general population or to special rifle clubs would provide needed practice for the formation of self defense militias. Of course, these weapons would be stamped and licensed in case of a crime, as in most modern countries. Weapons like shotguns and the like would be for sale/lease in both sporting and defense models. In fact, sports like hunting and other outdoors activity would get official support from the socialist state at all levels (through clubs, paid vacations, etc) for many reasons, including familiarity with the land.

There would be a National Guard-style militia, which would be trained and controlled locally just like in the US, but in times of emergency involving invasion or massive environmental disaster requiring more mobilization than locally present, they would be folded into the national army. Barring conscripts (who serve for 2 years consecutively), they would meet routinely for drills (say, once a month). This is where conscripts would begin their 2 years of service. Their time in service would coincide with training in a technical skill (mechanics, logistics, etc).

The professional national army would be volunteers (after the mandatory 2 years service), any healthy able bodied adults age 20 would be eligible.

Self Defense Committees
These groups of volunteers would organize shooting contests, exercise regimens, lessons in tactics, etc. to any citizen, whether they are in the club or not. these would also form Crime-stoppers or Community Watch programs, which would provide security in your neighborhood They would chiefly monitor for sabotage and theft and the like, but would be tied into the military apparatus in an emergency as locals who know the neighborhoods and the local residents. Incentives to join and regularly participate these committees could be extra vacation time (obviously on top of the regular period) or something similar.

10 point program of March Forward!
This would provide the backbone on organization of the military
1We demand the right to refuse illegal and immoral orders.
Service members should no longer be bound to carry out the plans of the Pentagon and Wall Street in violation of U.S. law, international law and people’s right to self-determination. Service members deserve the right to resist, without persecution, orders that conflict with internationally recognized laws or that conflict with their own conscience.

2 We demand an immediate end to the criminal occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Service members should no longer be sent to fight, kill, die, be seriously wounded and/or psychologically scarred furthering the domination of U.S. corporations over other nations. We have nothing to gain from these wars. The occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan serve only the interests of the rich, not the service personnel who are sent over and over to repress people who have the right to determine their own destiny. The people of Iraq and Afghanistan are not our enemies. The more than 800 U.S. bases in 130 countries around the world should be shut down and the troops, fleets and air power brought home.

3We demand an end to the existing officer corps.
The existing class stratification in the military must end. Officers—who are overwhelmingly from more privileged sectors of society—enjoy a much higher standard of living. They are paid significantly more, are provided much higher quality housing, and have access to services not available to enlisted personnel. Officers advance their careers on the backs of enlisted personnel, going so far as to send their troops into harm’s way for the good of their résumés. The existing officer corps should be dismantled and replaced by enlisted service members who are democratically elected by their units and who are subject to recall at anytime. Officers should no longer enjoy special privileges, including hand salutes. We also demand the right for lower enlisted ranks to unionize and form committees to address grievances with the chain of command, the unit and the military.

4We demand an end to racism, sexism and homophobia prevalent in the military.
These are intentional barriers to rank-and-file unity against the will of the Pentagon, and must be eliminated through comprehensive education and strict disciplinary action. We demand an end to the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and all other discriminatory measures against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and transgender individuals.

5We demand adequate funding for The Department of Veterans Affairs.
Veterans should have full access to quality health care. Services should be drastically expanded to meet the real physical and mental health needs of veterans and their families. Independent medical investigations should be initiated to research the effects of potentially harmful experimental drugs and chemical, biological and nuclear agents to which service members have been exposed. Any service member who has served in a combat theater should automatically receive lifetime compensation from the VA for being forced to suffer or inflict physical and/or psychological harm in advancing the interests of U.S. corporations.

6We demand the right to a job, housing, health care and education for all.
Service members are lured into the military with the hopes of escaping economic hardship as a civilian, and to obtain education benefits and job training. Yet thousands of service members must remain in the military, literally trapped due to the lack of opportunities in the civilian world. No service member should have to choose between military service and poverty. Housing, a job, and access to free quality education and job training should be a right for everyone.

7 We demand the immediate end to all military aid to governments in service of US imperialism.
U.S. domination is not only exercised through direct military involvement, but also through a myriad of brutal client regimes and comprador governments that are funded, supported and directed by the U.S. government. Service members should not have to serve a military that uses billions of dollars in funds and weapons to prop up governments that are guilty of committing war crimes or repressing their citizens for the interests of the Pentagon and Wall Street. Aid to such countries as Israel, Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, South Korea, Uganda and Egypt should be immediately cut off. All remaining funds, military equipment and weapons should be repossessed. Reparations should be paid to the populations that the military aid was used to repress.

8 We demand the immediate dismantling of the permanent military-industrial complex.
As long as there is a system in place that allows U.S. corporations to reap massive profits from going to war, there will be war for profit. The domination of the military-industrial complex has caused the death of tens of thousands of service personnel, and millions of innocent people—all in the name of profit. All private military corporations should be shut down or nationalized. The more than 1 trillion dollars a year that feeds the Pentagon and the military-industrial complex should be used to meet people’s needs.

9We demand that all those involved in pursuing war for profit be indicted.
To ensure that service personnel no longer have to fight for the interests of the rich, all those responsible must be held accountable. Politicians, policy makers, lobbyists, CEOs and others involved in pursuing warfare—both military and economic—as a means to reap profit should be indicted for war crimes. Media outlets involved in disseminating false information in support of these plans should also be held accountable.

10 We demand full reparations paid, with interest, to all victims of the U.S. military.
As service members in the U.S. military, we have been told that our enemy is the poor and oppressed abroad. But they are not our enemies. To begin to undo the injustices in which we have been forced to take part, the U.S. government should pay for the rebuilding of every structure bombed, compensating families for every person killed and providing a lifetime of health care and disability benefits for every individual wounded, including resistance fighters who took up arms against the U.S. military.
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