Rhodesia has increased its period of compulsory military service from 12 to 18 months in a move to combat guerilla activity along its border.
Rhodesia has increased its period of compulsory military service from 12 to 18 months in a move to combat guerilla activity along its border. With few exceptions, this will affect all young men between the ages of 18 and 25.
Announcing the move, a Rhodesian Defence Ministry spokesman said the length of National Service was being raised "to provide sufficient manpower to cope with the recent upsurge in guerilla activity".
Black nationalist guerillas have been making raids across Rhodesia's 700 mile (1,100 kilometre) eastern border with Mozambique. Three nationalists and a white Rhodesian soldier were killed in one incident on 5 May.
The increase in National Service coincided with the announcement that members of the Territorial Force could be called up for indefinits periods of service. The territorials are men who have completed their compulsory service but not their three years of part-time service.
No details on the numbers involved in the two new call-up measures have been given, but according to Reuters, the moves by the white minority government in Rhodesia are certain to add several thousand men to the various branches of the security forces.