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national servicenoun [U]

uk   us  
the ​system in some ​countries by which ​youngpeople, ​especially men, are ​ordered by ​law to ​spend a ​period of ​time in the ​armedforces: In some ​countries, everyone does two ​years' ​nationalservice after ​leavingschool. In ​Britain, ​nationalservice was ​abolished in 1962.
(Definition of national service from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “national service”
in Chinese (Simplified) 兵役…
in Turkish askerlik hizmeti, askerlik…
in Russian воинская повинность…
in Chinese (Traditional) 兵役…
in Polish (obowiązkowa) służba wojskowa…
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