mandatory military service

Jeanine_Hennis-Plasschaert_2015_(1)
Feb 27 '17 10:01

From next year military conscription in the Netherlands will also apply to women, if the Dutch government has its way. This is a purely symbolic measure for equal treatment as conscription was suspended in 1997, ANP reports.

Since 1997 every boy gets a letter at age 17 to say that he has reached conscription age, though the letter does not oblige him to join the military. From next year girls will also get that letter. 

Dutch Soldiers (Source: Wikimedia/Minister-president Rutte)
Jul 11 '16 09:30

A majority of the Dutch public is in favor of reintroducing mandatory military service. Some 62 percent of the population think it a good measure to teach "young people that everyone should contribute to society", AD reports based on a recent poll by Maurice de Hond.

Joram van Klaveren
Sep 1 '14 10:12

Ex-PVV Member of Parliament Joram van Klaveren wants to re-introduce the mandatory military service law for males and females that would see youths participate in military service to keep them on the right track.

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