Bring back national service, says Sir Michael Caine

Wednesday November 11, 2009

Sir Michael Caine has said he is in favour of reintroducing national service which he believes would give the youth of today "a sense of belonging rather than a sense of violence".

The actor touched upon the subject at Tuesday's premiere of Harry Brown (pictured) - his new film in which he plays a vigilante intent on revenge against young thugs who killed his friend.

He said the movie, set in a London council estate beset by problems with drugs and gun crime, was "almost documentary".

"There should be a great plan to re-educate these youngsters. It's such a waste - they all feel society has let them down."

"I'm just saying put them in the army for six months," says the 76-year-old, who served in the Korean War and did two years of national service.

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