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Young People Should Find Ways to Serve, Pace Says

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

YONGSAN, South Korea, Aug. 16, 2007 – Whether it’s through military service or another means, young Americans should find some way to serve their country, the U.S. military’s top officer said here today.

“I do believe that each of us who has had the blessing of the accident of birth of being born in a free country ought to find some way to repay our country,” Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a town hall meeting at Collier Field House here.

“If we have a system that allowed people to join the Peace Corps or allowed people to do good work inside the United States where it’s needed, or join the military,” it would help the country.

Young people should give a year or two of their lives to making society better, and U.S. leaders should take such a commitment seriously, Pace said. “We would be a much stronger society, and we would be giving back to the world what we should be giving back,” he said.

The general also put to rest rumors about a possible U.S. military draft. “Nobody in any leadership position is having any serious discussion about a draft,” he said.

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