socialism, boiled down, is equality in outcome. so lets examine the military, and i am from one of those multi-generation military families.
while it is true that they house and feed you, the do expect that you perform. rather than all being equal regardless of effort, advancement is earned through performance, training, and testing. yes, you get medical care, but that seems like a fair trade in the job that gets you shot at..and that beats your body in ways most people can't imagine. you can get fired and lose all those fancy benefits. they can ask for additional effort from you and not compensate you for that extra work.
now...i'd be willing to compare the military to a dictatorship. one that valued and rewarded the gladiator, but still kept him as a slave. not socialism. that doesn't fit at all.
It is unarguably the most powerful organization in the world, the most expensive
perhaps, for the moment, the most powerful. certainly not the most expensive.
Service/ROTC should be a requirement for anybody receiving Pell grant and other federal financial aid for college. Or re-start the CCC and offer young people service in that as an alternative.
i agree. they have AmeriCorps and I have worked with a lot of those kids. unfortunately, like most government programs, it is not well run and a great deal of money is wasted. as a alternate required service it would be ok, but it would have to be tightened up a great deal for the tax payers to come close to getting value in the program.