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Maureen Mitchell is a management consultant and executive coach based in New York City, and a former senior executive in the financial services industry.

Besides military service, programs involving parks infrastructure would also be natural options. (iStock/yacobchuk) 
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Maureen Mitchell
A year of mandatory national service—an obligation regardless of gender and economic class—would preserve our heritage of individuality while forging a badly needed sense of common purpose.