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(1889) [MARC] Author: Leo Mechelin Translator: Charles J. Cooke
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ORGANISATION OF NATIONAL DEFENCE. 155

active troops and the reserves, the distribution
being made by lottery. All those who have
been condemned for infamous crimes are
excluded from military service.

(78) Duration of Service ; Exemptions.

The length of service in the active troops is,
in general, three years, followed by two years
in the reserve.

Those who enter the reserve direct are
enrolled in it for five years. During the first
three years the reserves are annually called out
for training, the total duration of which is
three months.

Each annual contingent forms a class in the
army registers.

The citizens who have finished their service
in the reserve are enrolled in the militia, in
which they remain till the age of forty.

The militia may only be mobilised when an
enemy has entered the country. It is then
formed into national guard battalions, and
enrolled into the corps of the reserve troops of

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