Tag - Conscription

Nashos for the Confrontation

10 NOV 1964: Selective conscription was introduced for the Indonesian Confrontation. The Australian government introduces selective conscription of 20-year-old males by ballot under the National Service Act. A couple of years later and The National Service Scheme also saw the beginning of a series of deployments where 15,381 'nasho' volunteers served in Viet Nam. Many say it should be re-introduced in line with many of our Asian neighbours. Compulsory military training for the nation's young men was reintroduced in 1951 by the...

Conscription in World War I

28 OCT 1916: World War I and the first conscription referendum is held. Dismayed by heavy losses at Fromelles and Pozières on the Western Front, Prime Minister Billy Hughes proposed that conscription be introduced for overseas service. The proposal was defeated, despite Prime Minister Hughes proposing raising the numbers needed to maintain Australian troops at full strength at the Front by conscripting those who to date were unwilling or opposed to enlisting to fight. The government already had the power under...

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