enlistment

[en-list-muhnt]
noun
1.
the period of time for which one is committed to military service.
2.
an act of enlisting.

Origin:
1740–50; enlist + -ment

preenlistment, noun
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enlist (ɪnˈlɪst)
 
vb (foll by in)
1.  to enter or persuade to enter into an engagement to serve in the armed forces
2.  (tr) to engage or secure (a person, his services, or his support) for a venture, cause, etc
3.  to enter into or join an enterprise, cause, etc
 
en'lister
 
n
 
en'listment
 
n

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enlistment
1765, from enlist + -ment.
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Example sentences
Or it can find ways other than voluntary enlistment to bring them in.
If no enlistment register entry exists for an individual, then this series
  might help.
Alphabetical card file and service card records containing date and place of
  enlistment and date and place of release.
The information on the cards was obtained from enlistment records.
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