A POLITICIAN and former soldier agrees with Conservative leader David Cameron’s proposal for voluntary national service.
Denby Dale councillor Jim Dodds – who spent 35 years in the army – supports the plan to encourage 16-year-olds to take part in charity work and physical activity.
He said: “I welcome Mr Cameron’s proposal for a national citizen service.
“Having spent time putting recruits through their nine-week basic training, I have seen first-hand the transformation that takes place in individuals in such an environment.
“I’m the first to admit that military life is not for everyone, but the lessons I learned from it gave me a firm foundation for life and I’m sure a national citizen service would do the same for young people today.”
Mr Cameron proposed a voluntary six-week course.
This would include community service and a week’s physical challenge, such as army training or climbing The Three Peaks.