Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Conscription and the Attlee GovernmentsThe Politics and Policy of National Service 1945–1951$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

L. V. Scott

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198204213

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204213.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 15 December 2019

The 1947 National Service Act

The 1947 National Service Act

Chapter:
(p.97) 5 The 1947 National Service Act
Source:
Conscription and the Attlee Governments
Author(s):

L. V. SCOTT

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204213.003.0005

This chapter describes the National Service Act and conscription. The adoption of a scheme of compulsory military service is the focal point for examining the various features of the National Service Act. It reflected the British experience of compulsory military service in 1946 to 1947; this was evident on the form of conscription. Conflict centred on the length of service. Within the framework of the foreign policy the only effective alternative to the acceptance of conscription lay in the hope that regular recruiting could provide sufficient troops. As the service departments were able to show, regular recruiting would not be enough. The existence of the time limit was reluctantly accepted by the service departments, although not without concern. The imposition of a time limit was significant only in so far as it suggested an element of doubt about the government’s long-term design.

Keywords:   National Service Act, compulsory military service, conscription, length of service, time limit, foreign policy

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .