Volunteer military

Volunteer military

A volunteer military or "all-volunteer military" is one which derives its manpower from volunteers rather than conscription or mandatory service. A country may offer attractive pay and benefits through military recruitment to attract volunteers. Many countries with volunteer militaries reserve the right to renew conscription in the event of an emergency.

All-Volunteer Force of the United States

The military of the United States is currently a volunteer military, although it has an operational Selective Service System as a contingency. On July 1, 1973, President Richard Nixon created the All-Volunteer Force as a result of the American public's dissatisfaction with the draft. [ [http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/ACLU_President_Strossen_on_religion%2C_drugs%2C_guns_and_impeaching_George_Bush Interview with Nadine Strossen] , David Shankbone, "Wikinews", October 30, 2007.]

List of countries with a volunteer military

* Afghanistan
* Antigua and Barbuda
* Argentina
* Australia
* Bahamas
* Bahrain
* Bangladesh
* Barbados
* Brunei Darussalam
* Belgium
* Belize
* Bhutan
* Bosnia and Herzegovina
* Botswana
* Bulgaria
* Cameroon
* Canada
* Croatia
* Republic of the Congo
* Czech Republic
* Djibouti
* Dominican Republic
* East Timor
* France (including overseas territories)
* Gambia
* Guyana
* Honduras
* Hungary
* India
* Indonesia
* Iraq
* Ireland
* Italy
* Jamaica
* Japan
* Jordan
* Kenya
* Latvia
* Lesotho
* Liberia
* Luxembourg
* Republic of Macedonia
* Malawi
* Malaysia
* Maldives
* Malta
* Montenegro
* Morocco
* Myanmar (Burma)
* Namibia
* Nepal
* Netherlands
* New Zealand
* Nicaragua
* Nigeria
* Oman
* Pakistan
* Papua New Guinea
* Peru
* Philippines
* Portugal
* Qatar
* Romania
* Rwanda
* Saudi Arabia
* Sierra Leone
* Slovakia
* Slovenia
* South Africa
* Spain
* Suriname
* Sri Lanka
* Swaziland
* Tanzania
* Trinidad and Tobago
* United Arab Emirates
* United Kingdom
* United States
* Uganda
* Uruguay
* Zambia

List of countries, which are planning to replace conscription with a volunteer military in next 3 years

* Poland
* Serbia
* Ukraine
* Republic of China,(Taiwan)

See also

* Mercenaries
* Military service
* Conscription
* Neomilitarism


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