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national service

noun [U] uk   us  
the system in some countries by which young people, especially men, are ordered by law to spend a period of time in the armed forces: In some countries, everyone does two years' national service after leaving school. In Britain, national service was abolished in 1962.
Translations of “national service”
in Chinese (Traditional) 兵役…
in Russian воинская повинность…
in Turkish askerlik hizmeti, askerlik…
in Chinese (Simplified) 兵役…
in Polish (obowiązkowa) służba wojskowa…
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