John Delaney's plan for National Service

John Delaney is running for president to bring the country together and implement policies that work towards the common good.

To help bring people from different backgrounds together, he is proposing a national service program to provide opportunities for recent high school graduates to contribute to the betterment of the country and to meet and work with people from all backgrounds.

After graduating high school, graduates would have three options to participate in national service:

  1. Military service
  2. Community service
  3. Infrastructure apprenticeships.

The program would create two additional ways for high school graduates to serve their country, in addition to military service which would continue as it exists for those choosing to serve their country in uniform.

Community Service

  • Community Service would operate similarly to AmeriCorps or The Peace Corps.
  • An example of community service could include a Generations United plan which partners the volunteers with the elderly to teach technological proficiency.

Apprenticeships

  • The government would enter into public/private partnerships with private companies and trade unions to offer infrastructure apprenticeships.
  • Private companies would be awarded contracts to undertake projects such as improving public parks or renovating federal buildings to make them environmentally green. 
  • Trade unions will be utilized as the programs can leverage the successful apprenticeship model used by the trade unions. 
  • Those who complete the apprenticeships would receive a professional certificate proving mastery of particular skill sets. 

Infrastructure apprenticeships

  • To implement infrastructure apprenticeships, all federal contractors would be required to design and implement an apprentice program. 
  • Encourage other companies to do their patriotic duty and follow suit, perhaps using a model that’s been tremendously successful in Switzerland, where companies pay students to work as part-time apprentices. 

Benefits

  • Learn skills to be used for future jobs
  • Brings people together
  • Boost for local infrastructure, conservation, and community projects
  • Sense of service and patriotism

Incentives for young people to sign up

  • People who complete the program will receive a National Service Scholarship.
  • The program would be marketed to high school graduates as an opportunity to serve their country, travel, and get paid while learning a skill.