In my travels, I’ve met people from all over the world who either have themselves or have brothers who have had to serve out a mandatory military service of about two years (that seems to be the norm). I’m wondering what countries have mandatory military service.
It seems that most Asian countries have service requirements. How about Europe and South America?
Also, I’d like to know if around the world this sort of service is the norm on a country to country basis or if volunteer armies are the norm.
Also, which countries are the most strict about military service. For instance, my girlfriend says that in Taiwan you can get out of the service if you’re studying, though in South Korea, according to another good friend of ours, there’s almost no way out (aside from being in a rich family and buying your way out).