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a system of mandatory military service


conscription = die Wehrpflicht conscript = der/die Eingezogene, der/die Wehrdienstpflichtige conscript (verb) = einberufen --- GOOGLE INDEX conscription: approximately 1,500,000 Google hits



Germany to end military CONSCRIPTION

(BBC - news headline)

They talk about CONSCRIPTION as a democratic institution. Yes; so is a cemetery.

- Meyer London, late 19th century American socialist and labour activist

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- the system of ordering people by law to join the armed forces

(Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)


- a person who is enrolled in compulsory military service

- (as a modifier) a conscript army


- to enrol for military service

(Collins English Dictionary)

Conscription is the compulsory enrolment of people to some sort of public service, most often military service. Conscription dates back to antiquity and continues in some countries to the present day under various names. Used by the Royal Navy between 1664 and 1814, it was called impressment, or "the press".

Conscription in the United Kingdom existed for two periods in modern times. The first was from 1916 to 1919, the second was from 1939 to 1960. During World War I and World War II it was known as War Service or Military Service.

In the United States, active conscription ended in 1973 but remains legally alive and in the national memory and is known colloquially as "the draft". During the Vietnam War, people who refused to enter the military were officially referred to as "conscientious objectors". Also known as "draft dodgers" (dodge = to move out of the way of something), many of these young men fled over the border to Canada to escape the draft.

(source: Wikipedia)

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"By the time I was old enough to enter the military, the government had already ended conscription."

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