Meaning of “national service” in the English Dictionary

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"national service" in British English

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national servicenoun [ U ]

uk /ˌnæʃ.ən.əl ˈsɜː.vɪs/ us /ˌnæʃ.ən.əl ˈsɝː.vɪs/

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.

(Definition of “national service” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)