Sky Views: Bring back national service - but let's do it differently

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Modern Deterrence


Elisabeth Braw, a senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute think-tank, this week published a paper that called for the UK to adopt a Scandinavian-style form of national service. Her argument is compelling and should be considered by political leaders as an innovative way to improve Britain's resilience and - two generations on from the end of the original era of national service in 1963 - reconnect the public with the idea of serving their country. Ms Braw looks at how Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland benefit from national service and says the UK could adopt its own model, learning from the Scandinavian experience.