PRIME Minister Rishi Sunak has recently announced plans to introduce twelve months of mandatory national service by the Conservatives if they win the general election.

Eighteen-year-olds would be able to apply for one of 30,000 full-time military placements or volunteering one weekend a month carrying out a community service.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak stated that bringing back compulsory service across the UK would help foster the 'national spirit' that emerged during the pandemic.

The Conservatives want the first teenagers to take part in a pilot from September 2025.

Non-military volunteering would involve 25 days with organisations such as the fire service, the police and the NHS.

Mr Sunak said: “This is a great country but generations of young people have not had the opportunities or experience they deserve and there are forces trying to divide our society in this increasingly uncertain world.

"I will bring in a new model of national service to create a shared sense of purpose among our young people and a renewed sense of pride in our country."

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