Definition of national service in English:

national service

Syllabification: na·tion·al serv·ice


  • 1A period of compulsory service in the armed forces of some countries during peacetime.
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    • Like most private boys' schools in Britain, St. Albans School maintains a schoolboy army, the original aim of which was to prepare young men for national service.
    • But they were not liable to national service under the National Service Act, if that were to be reactivated.
    • He argues for serious consideration of a compulsory form of national service for American youth, including civilian as well as military service.
  • 1.1A federal program that enables young people to pay back government loans through community work.

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