Being called up for two years of National Service, 1951-53, was not exactly what I was looking for, at my then tender age.
I prefer, now at my advanced age, to consider the many plusses it brought to my life. It made me fully appreciate the quality and love associated with my life at home with my family and friends.
Being strictly disciplined at an early age and learning to live and mix with other youngsters has its value. The ability to learn a trade (Survey in my case) and meet up with others who seem also to appreciate the things you do, thus forming good friendships.
I cannot admit volunteering for Korea, but now with hindsight and coming through unscathed (unlike so many other young conscripts) I can look back on experiences I would never have thought possible.