national service

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national service (uncountable)

  1. Compulsory service in the armed forces; conscription
    I'd ha' such Amazons sent into the National Service; I warrant her she'd rout a Regiment of French Dragoons.
    That it is desirable that either military or naval service for national defence should be made compulsory by law... That a league to be called the National Service League shall be established to promote these objects.
    I don't think Ha talked to me of national service.
    It is proposed to appoint at once a director of National Service, to be in charge of both the military and civil side of universal national service.
    National Service (armed forces) Bill, ‘to make provision for securing and controlling the enlistment of men for services in the armed forces of the Crown’.
    The boys in between 18 and 20 are of course doing National Service.

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