a lot of countries still conscript. due to the increasing global nature of humanity and the legal concept of jus sanguinis (citizenship by blood), you are invariably going to have people born in a country thousands of miles away from their “blood nation” who may face a conscription obligation if they wish to ever return to their ancestral home.
what the hell would said people do if they didn’t speak the language? (let’s assume that there are no “foreign resident” waivers for military service - assume you had to serve)
I mean I can’t imagine the drill sargeant of your Austrian conscript platoon duplicating his orders in English (if he even had the capacity to do so) for the benefit of the American guy who wanted to live in Austria but had to serve out his military obligation.
So recognizing the utter uselessness of a conscript who cannot communicate or be communicated to, what happens? do they beat you and haze you until you quickly glean a rudimentary command of the language?
personal stories/anecdotes always appreciated.