National service map shows how many Yorkshire teens could be called up to fight for Britain

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An army of more than 800,000 18-year-olds could be ordered to join the armed forces or carry out voluntary work under Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s plan to bring back compulsory national service.

Under the Tory scheme, due to be fully in place by 2029-30 if Mr Sunak wins the election, all 18-year-olds will be legally required to take up either a 12-month placement in the armed forces or cyber defence or give up the equivalent of one weekend a month to volunteer in their communities.

That means the first generation of teenagers to carry out national service since 1960 will currently be aged about 13. 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.

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Under the plan, more teenagers would be conscripted from Birmingham than any other council area in the country, more than 17,000.

But in 2029, 18-year-olds will make up a higher proportion of the population of Barking and Dagenham than anywhere else. In the London borough 1.7% of the population will be aged 18 in mid-2029. That means about one in 59 people in Barking and Dagenham would be eligible for National Service.

You can see how many 18-year-olds could be required to carry out national service where you live using our interactive map above.

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