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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)
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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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