I think military service is one way to improve a country’s solidarity and sense of unity. Just take a look at Israel, Singapore and Taiwan, they have evolved into economic powerhouses despite the threats to their existence. But what pushes these countries to call upon their citizens for self-defense? Israel is bordered by angry Arab nations who would pounce and overtake them on any chance they got. Taiwan has China. And Singapore has Malaysia.
It’s well and obvious that existential threats have forced these countries to use a ‘citizen’ army to protect themselves. But there are obvious perks to having a citizen’s army despite having no existential threat on your country. Case in point is Israel. They have institutionalized their military and made it a huge meritocracy. They have created several advance forces units giving not only advance military training but also advance training in engineering and the sciences, giving their citizens a more balanced education. The members of these units (the most prominent being the Talpiot), after their service in the military, become to be leaders in the industry of cutting-edge technology. Why? Because they apply what they learn in the military to their civil lives. And this is what the Philippines should do to foster innovation and creativity among its people