The Case for Mandatory National Service and an Expansion of AmeriCorps

From a New York Times opinion column by Jay Caspian Kang headlined “The Case for Mandatory National Service”:

A few weeks ago, I debuted a running feature called “The Magic Wand,” where I throw out an idea and make the case for it in this newsletter. This week, I want to suggest a solution to the civic worker problem that would bring in a fleet of new employees into some of the more unskilled, less in demand, but ultimately invaluable positions that are indispensable to functioning communities.

The Problem