What was the National Service Act 1948 (UK)?

Introduction The National Service Act 1948 was an Act of Parliament which extended the British conscription of the Second World War long after the war-time need for it had expired, in the form of “National Service”. After a bill with the same purpose had been approved in 1947, expected to be implemented 01 January 1949,… 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 It superseded the Military Training Act 1939 (enacted in May of that year) and enforced full conscription… Read More

A Brief Overview of the Australian Department of Labour and National Service

Introduction The Department of Labour and National Service was an Australian government department that existed between 28 October 1940 and 19 December 1972. Refer to World War II and Demobilisation of the Australian military after World War II. Scope Information about the department’s functions and/or government funding allocation could be found in the Administrative Arrangements… Read More

What is Zivildienst?

Introduction Zivildienst is the German denomination for the alternative civilian service for conscripted persons who are conscientious objectors to fulfil their national service, typically in the fields of social work (e.g. hospitals, retirement homes, emergency medical services) and, although rarely, environmental protection, agriculture, and public administration. As such, it is exempt from the general ban… Read More

Pardon … Does Diving Affect the Hearing of Asian Military Divers?

Research Paper Title Does diving affect the hearing of Asian military divers? A study in the Republic of Singapore Navy. Background This study examined whether military diving during a National Serviceman’s two-year term of service affected his hearing threshold levels. Methods A retrospective cohort study was designed to examine the hearing thresholds of divers (mean… Read More