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Conscription/National Service
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I. Concept and History – II. Current Legal Situation – III. Ethics – IV. Conscription/National Service of Ministers

I. Concept and History

1. Concept

Conscription refers to a system of military recruiting based (in contrast to voluntary military service in an army of professional and/or regular soldiers) on the public, legal duty of all citizens capable of serving. Depending on the respective compo…

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Reuter, Hans-Richard and Ennuschat, Jörg, “Conscription/National Service”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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