Birmingham have more 18-year-olds eligible for national service than anywhere else - what it means

Birmingham would become a 'conscription hotspot' under Rishi Sunak's plans to bring back compulsory national service, according to population estimates. England's second city would have the highest number of teenagers eligible for conscription compared to anywhere else in the UK, if the plans come to fruition.

The scheme recently announced by the Prime Minister would be fully in place by 2029/30 if Mr Sunak wins the general election in July. Under the plans, all 18-year-olds would be legally required to take up a 12-month placement in the armed forces or cyber defence.

Or they could give up the equivalent of one weekend a month to volunteer in their communities. In total, it could see an army of more than 800,000 18-year-olds ordered to join the armed forces or carry out voluntary work.

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Teenagers who are currently aged about 13 today would be first in line to carry out national service come 2029. They'd be the first generation to do so since national service was ended back in 1960.

According to population estimates, there will be about 830,000 18-year-olds in 2029 who would be compelled to join the military or carry out voluntary work. And more teenagers would be conscripted from Birmingham than any other council area in the country, with more than 17,000. You can see how many 18-year-olds could be required to carry out national service where you live using our interactive map below.

Mr Sunak said of the scheme: "It's going to foster a culture of service which is going to be incredibly powerful for making our society more cohesive and in a more uncertain and dangerous world it's going to strengthen our country's security and resilience."

However the policy was branded as "desperate" by the Labour leader Keir Starmer who likened it to a "teenage Dad's Army". As reported by MyLondon, the scheme will offer around 30,000 full-time military placements, with the majority of 18 year olds expected to undertake compulsory community roles instead, collaborating with organisations such as charities, the NHS, police or fire services.