Vast majority of pensioners think Britain should bring back compulsory military service for youngsters

The vast majority of people over 65 believe young people should be forced to serve in the military.

The youngsters, however disagree.

A new poll found an astonishing 74% of pensioners think Britain should bring back compulsory National Service.

The National Service system meant healthy males between 17 and 21 were expected to serve in the armed forces for 18 months and remain on the reserve list for four years.

It began to be phased out in 1959, and the last man called up for National Serviceman entered service in 1960.

The YouGov poll, released today, found just 10% of 18-24 year olds polled agreed that National Service should be re-introduced.

Overall, 48% of people polled thought it should be reintroduced.

It comes after French President Emmanuel vowed to go ahead with his plan to reintroduce the system – providing military training for up to 800,000 young people a year.

During his election campaign, he said it would give young people “a direct experience of military life with its know-how and demands.”

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