national service

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national service
 
n
compulsory military service

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Main Entry:  national service
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  compulsory service in the armed forces of some countries, esp. that in the UK between 1949-1960
Example:  Compulsory service may be required in wartime and even in peacetime.
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