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Topic: MILITARY


military service

noun
     
military service [uncountable]
PM the system in which every adult, or every male adult, in a country has to spend a period of time in the army, navy, or air force [↪ draft]:
More and more men are refusing to do military service.
WORD FOCUS: army WORD FOCUS: army
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
army

See also
army
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