Caught in a draft: Where compulsory military service can last forever

March 18, 2016
PARTICIPANTS: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Michela Wrong

This week’s episode of War College focuses on a secretive nation where everyone serves in the military – and not just for a year or two. In fact, once you get pulled into service in Eritrea, you could be serving for a decade or more. And no one knows how much more it could be. 

Conscription, along with political repression and poverty, has caused massive emigration from a country where only 6 million people live. And many of those migrants are now showing up in Europe.

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Posted by UgoneHearMe | Report as abusive

I’ve had family members who left Russia before 1914 in order to avoid being drafted into the Tsar’s army for 25 years.

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