I agree with your expansion of the subject. The Peace Corp would be a fine alternate service. Even certain community service depending on ones background. I coached recreational soccer for more than a decade & found it quite gratifying. NO pay other than the feel good feeling of keeping kids off of the streets & trying to guide them through growth. Animal shelters & parks & beaches can all use help & would teach mutual social support.<quoted text>
Pops, what I'd like to see is required public service for ALL young people (men and women.) It doesn't have to be in the military, but that would be an option. Some people have genuine moral objections to combat. But that wouldn't keep them from working in a hospital, or assisting those in need.
The last positions that I mentioned could be functions that would allow someone to work a regular job & be with their families.
There are 3 conscientious objectors that have been awarded the Medal of Honor. They weren't afraid, just properly objected as the label states. Desmond Doss, Thomas W Bennett & Joseph G LaPointe JR All 3 brought the ultimate recognition to their tier of people.Blessed are they & their families besides the lives that they saved.