The PM's National Service plan and the number of teenagers that could be drafted in Hull and East Yorkshire

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced the National Service plan at the weekend
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More than 800,000 18-year-olds will be ordered to join the armed forces or carry out voluntary work under Rishi Sunak’s plan to bring back 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 in 2024

Under the scheme around 30,000 full-time military placements will be on offer, with the vast majority of 18-year-olds expected to do the compulsory community roles instead, working with organisations such as charities, the NHS, police or fire services.

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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. In Hull, there will be an estimated 3,528 18 year olds affected, 1.3 per cent of the local population.

In East Yorkshire, 3,786 18 year olds would be affected which is 1.09 per cent of the local population. The Conservatives said those who took part would get monetary compensation, but did not say how much.

The party also confirmed "some form of sanction" would apply to those who refused to get involved, the BBC reports. You can see how many 18-year-olds could be required to carry out national service in Hull and East Yorkshire, as well as other regions, using our interactive map:

Announcing the plan on Saturday, May 25, the Prime Minister said: “This is a great country but generations of young people have not had the opportunities or experience they deserve and there are forces trying to divide our society in this increasingly uncertain world.

“I have a clear plan to address this and secure our future. I will bring in a new model of national service to create a shared sense of purpose among our young people and a renewed sense of pride in our country. This new, mandatory national service will provide life-changing opportunities for our young people, offering them the chance to learn real world skills, do new things and contribute to their community and our country.”

However, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer called the policy “desperate” and added that it would create a “teenage Dad’s Army”.