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It’s been called ‘bonkers’ and ‘a joke’, but here’s how PM Rishi Sunak wants to put his country’s teenagers to work

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced the Conservative Party will introduce mandatory national service if it wins the UK general election on July 4.

It was the first major policy announcement since Mr Sunak called a snap election last week.

Here is what we know about the proposed policy and the history of national service in Australia. 

What is the difference between national service and conscription?

Conscription means people are forced to join the armed forces for a certain period of time.

Mr Sunak’s national service proposal falls some way short of that.

British 18-year-olds would be compelled to volunteer in the community or enter a 12-month placement in the armed forces.

What would national service look like in the UK?

Teenagers would be given two choices if the Conservatives win the general election and enforce national service in the UK.

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