What was the Military Training Act 1939 (UK)?

Introduction The Military Training Act 1939 was an Act of Parliament passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom on 26 May 1939, in a period of international tension that led to World War II. Outline The Act applied to males aged 20 and 21 years old who were to be called up for six… Read More


What was the National Service (Armed Forces) Act 1939 (UK)?

Introduction The National Service (Armed Forces) Act 1939 was enacted by the Parliament of the United Kingdom on 03 September 1939, the day the United Kingdom declared war on Germany at the start of the Second World War. It superseded the Military Training Act 1939 (enacted in May of that year) and enforced full conscription… Read More

What was the Military Service Act 1917 (Canada)?

Introduction The Military Service Act, 1917 was an Act of the Parliament of Canada which introduced conscription in the midst of the First World War. It was passed due to a shortage of volunteers and was an effort to recruit more soldiers. Background Following the outbreak of the First World War, the Canadian Expeditionary Force… Read More

What was the War Precautions Act 1914 (Australia)?

Introduction The War Precautions Act 1914 was an Act of the Parliament of Australia which gave the Government of Australia special powers for the duration of World War I and for six months afterwards. It was held by the High Court of Australia in Farey v Burvett that during wartime, the scope of the federal… Read More

What is the Clinger-Cohen Act 1996?

Introduction The Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 encompasses two laws that were together passed as part of the National Defence Authorisation Act for Fiscal Year 1996 (NDA) (S. 1124; Pub. L. 104–106 (text) (PDF)): This page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article < https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinger%E2%80%93Cohen_Act >; it is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA). You may redistribute it, verbatim or… Read More

What is the McCarran Internal Security Act (1950)?

Introduction The Internal Security Act of 1950, 64 Stat. 987 (Public Law 81-831), also known as the Subversive Activities Control Act of 1950, the McCarran Act after its principal sponsor Senator Pat McCarran (D-Nevada), or the Concentration Camp Law, is a United States federal law. Congress enacted it over President Harry Truman’s veto. It required… Read More

What is the National Defence Authorisation Act (US)?

Introduction The National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) is the name for each of a series of United States federal laws specifying the annual budget and expenditures of the US Department of Defence. The first NDAA was passed in 1961. The US Congress oversees the defence budget primarily through two yearly bills: the National Defence Authorisation… Read More