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Myrobalanna Mon 30-Jan-17 10:59:35

Are you scared about what the next few years may bring?
I freely admit I am. As much as anything coming from govt or the US, it's the dismissive comments from people who aren't getting how serious these events are. We're in for a rough time.
I keep thinking of sixteen year old boys being conscripted during ww2.

TinklyLittleLaugh Mon 30-Jan-17 11:59:52

Presumably they would conscript girls too nowadays?

But yes, my boy is early 20s and I worry.

GreenGinger2 Mon 30-Jan-17 16:31:52

Um why are boys going to be conscripted?confused

Abraiid2 Mon 30-Jan-17 16:32:46

Modern armies don't tend to want unskilled and possibly unfit young conscripts.

mugglebumthesecond Mon 30-Jan-17 19:14:39

No it has never crossed my mind!

I'm assuming all future wars will be done from the air or via nuclear/chemical weapons.

But we are already at war and have been for some time- modern warfare is much more subtle.

SexTrainGlue Mon 30-Jan-17 19:16:25


We might be living in interesting times, but catastrophising isn't going to help anything.

yeOldeTrout Mon 30-Jan-17 19:49:34

17yo DS is joining the army in about 6 weeks. What he wanted, anyway.

Lilaclily Mon 30-Jan-17 19:50:29

You're being ott!

TresDesolee Mon 30-Jan-17 19:52:17

I'm terrified, but as others have said I don't think the next war is going to involve sending conscripts into battle. It's going to be cyber, resources (cutting off water and energy supplies) and possibly short-range in-theatre nukes.

Not reassuring I know.

TresDesolee Mon 30-Jan-17 19:55:16

I don't think this is catastrophising by the way. Steve Bannon, who is controlling Donald Trump, is on the record as wanting an apocalyptic war between white Christians and brown Muslims. He's a fucking terrifying and dangerous man and the narcissist in the White House is doing everything he tells him.

sonlypuppyfat Mon 30-Jan-17 19:55:47

Talk about paranoia, when I was at school we were heading for an ice age and a nuclear war

AllTheLight Mon 30-Jan-17 19:59:15

sonlypuppyfat that nearly became a reality during the Cuban Missile Crisis. History could easily have gone a different way.

dementedma Mon 30-Jan-17 20:01:19

No, conscripts are not the way forward for the military,and any future wars will require Cyber and IT skills way beyond what most 16 year olds can offer.

Myrobalanna Mon 30-Jan-17 20:37:33

OK I am happy to BU to be very honest! I am totally of the same opinion as TresDesolee though.

BertrandRussell Mon 30-Jan-17 20:39:55

Yes. I worry about this.

JustSpeakSense Mon 30-Jan-17 20:44:46

I don't think I worry more than my parents worried about me.

It's a worrisome job this parenting malarkey confused

BackforGood Mon 30-Jan-17 20:49:59

I think you are being OTT.
There have been wars going on all around us for years, sadly.
Even if one of these escalated further, as others have said, they would no longer be recruiting teenagers as cannon fodder as they did 100 years ago. Weaponry has moved on a LOT.

PickAChew Mon 30-Jan-17 20:51:23

Even if conscription did happen, they wouldn't have mine, anyhow.

Abraiid2 Mon 30-Jan-17 20:53:57

Sixteen-Year-olds weren't conscripted in WW1 or WW2, either.

Andcake Mon 30-Jan-17 20:56:36

I have a primary school aged boy and am scared. I think trump is hugely dangerous and could ignite another war. I spent some time in Syria before the war and have friends who lived with the wars when Yugoslavia broke up I often think of how their quite normal lives fell apart and worry about thepower keg of trump, Putin and Isis. Our brexit situation and instability doesn't help in desperation we may create stupid alliances to prop up the economy.

TresDesolee Mon 30-Jan-17 20:56:37

flowers myro. The protests tonight and yesterday have cheered me up a bit. People who know twentieth century history are going to fight like hell to stop these fascists before they go much further.

Badders123 Mon 30-Jan-17 20:57:18

Drones innit

Abraiid2 Mon 30-Jan-17 21:01:47

Seriously, if you have teenage sons you need to worry more about alcohol, driving cars and depression. And not getting qualifications.

Mominatrix Mon 30-Jan-17 21:07:10

Totally agree with Abraiid. I'm more worried about carelessness on social media and not at all about conscription or the long term sequelae of `Trump.

Lessthanaballpark Mon 30-Jan-17 21:13:47

Nah, they'd reject my DS as he is such a liability. He can't even find his own shoes let alone follow instructions in a battle.

But if the war was played out in one of those multiplayer Clash of Whatevers he'd be ok.

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