If the young people get military training they will constitute a reserve army for the country. At the time of need they can be called for active service.
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The military force plays a crucial role not only in society but also in politics of a state. Unlike bureaucracy, Military does not have the same day to day impact on political system but the truth is that in today’s world no country feels free form the politics of military intervention.
National motives become a factor when military intervention is based on officer’s conception of the national interest. For example, in Pakistan the threat of national disintegration prompted military intervention in October 1958.
The mechanisms and methods through which political control can be exerted varies in different forms of governments. They can be broadly classified under two heads- Samuel Huntington (1957) described them as ‘objective’ and ‘subjective’; while Eric Nordlinger (1977) used the terms ‘Liberal’ and ‘Penetration’.
The police force, like the military is part of the coercive state. Both of them are uniformed, disciplined and armed bodies; yet they are different in many ways.
Alan Ball has beautifully described the characteristics of the military. In the words of Ball “The armed forces have characteristic features which distinguish them from other groups in all political systems and these characteristics would lead one to expect that the military would intervene more frequently than it does”.