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2 noun

the military

[also + plural verb British English] the military forces of a country [= the forces]:
He was never tempted to join the military.
in the military
My brother is in the military.
The military were sent in to break up the demonstration.
similar words: armed forces, the military, the services

people in the army: soldier, troops, infantry, G.I. AmE old-fashioned, squaddy British English

to join the army: join up/enlist

to leave the army: be discharged, desert (without permission)
go A.W.O.L.
(without permission)

to make people serve in the armed forces: call up British English/draft American English

the system of making people serve in the armed forces: conscription, military service, the draft American English, national service British English

relating to the armed forces: military

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