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English definition of “national service”

national service

noun [U]     UK
the system 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. → Compare selective serviceMilitary training and ceremonies
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