Rhodesia has increased its period of compulsory military service from 12 to 18 months in a move to combat guerilla activity along its borders.
Rhodesia has increased its period of compulsory military service from 12 to 18 months in a move to combat guerilla activity along its borders. This will affect most young men in the country between the ages of 18 and 25.
The increase in National Service coincided with the announcement that members of the Territorial Force may now be called up for indefinite periods of service. They are men who have completed their compulsory time but not their three years part-time service.
In the past, the men could expect to be home again within two months. But the recent upsurge in guerilla activity by black nationalists has extended the tour of service and increased the risks involved. One white Rhodesian soldier and three guerillas were killed earlier this month.
No details on the numbers involved in the two new call-up measures have been released. But according to Reuters, the moves are certain to add several thousand men to the security forces.