I have only 1 main question:
For non-criminals, apparently serving the night's watch includes the for life + no leave because 'leave' is desertion or whatever + take no wife + father no children + etc, why can't it just be like a regular soldier job with benefits, leave (in case your dad gets executed), allowed to be married and have children, etc? Ostensibly, more people would sign up for the night's watch if they didn't have these requirements.
The following are guide sub-questions to serve main question. They are not necessarily required to be answered:
Like why do Jon Snow or Sam Tarly have to take the oath re night's watch for life, no wife, etc stuff that they require for criminals?
I remember in s2 the night's watch requested people from Cersei. And something like in s2 or s3 Robb Stark intended to trade Jon for more people to join the night's watch. (Or maybe that was a thing in the books that wasn't adapted. I forgot.) Would any of those hypothetical people have to serve the night's watch for life ?
- 2.1 - My guess here is yes for the Robb and Jon case but no for the Cersei case because the Cersei case sounds like a temporary thing. But if this is indeed what would've been for the Cersei case, then why not just treat all non-criminals similarly like as if they were temporary contractual peeps that get renewed or something?