Are UK-based citizens actually going to be forced into mandatory conscription?

By Charlie Sawyer

Published Jan 25, 2024 at 12:12 PM

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Only days after leaked documents insinuated that Russian president Vladimir Putin was preparing for World War 3, the head of the British army has come out and stated that Britain must be prepared to potentially form a “civilian army” in the event of full-scale war.

According to The Independent, General Sir Patrick Sanders has said that his forces, including all reserves, would not be large enough to defend the country if there was a war, and it was now essential for Britain to lay the foundations for “national mobilisation.”

Speaking at a conference on armoured warfare, Sanders continued: “Our friends in Eastern and Northern Europe, who feel the proximity of the Russian threat more acutely, are already acting prudently, laying the foundations for national mobilisation.”

On top of Russia’s full-scale attack on Ukraine, Putin has also made clear his intentions to further escalate the conflict in a number of the Baltic countries. Several sources have analysed this move as part of the president’s plan to try and dismantle The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).

Despite UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s attempts to quell public fear, aka, by sending one of his spokesmen to tell citizens that “the British military has a proud tradition of being a voluntary force” and that “there are no plans to change that,” people are definitely still feeling quite concerned over Sanders’ comments. Moreover, they’ve taken to social media to let the Tory government know exactly how they feel about it:

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#uk #british #britishmilitary

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Britain is of course not the first country in Europe to openly discuss the possibility of conscription. In Germany, a number of political and military figures have suggested that a return to compulsory military service is now necessary.

Boris Pistorius, Germany’s defence minister, openly stated that it had been a “mistake” to phase out conscription over a decade ago, as reported by The Guardian.

Moreover, in a recent interview, Pistorius alleged that the continent and Germany, in particular, are ill-prepared to deal with the military crises ahead. The politician predicts possible wars in Georgia, Moldova and the Baltic States, all caused by Russian expansionism. Pistorius also predicted that Germany has “about five to eight years” to get its defence forces prepared to meet the Russian threats head-on and prepare for warfare.

While it’s unlikely that mandatory conscription in Britain is imminent, there seems to be a very evident trend and shift in conversation spreading throughout Europe.

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