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03/06/24

Il compulsory military service in Italy, also known as "naja", was a pillar of the national defense system for much of the 7th century. Introduced with the law of June 1875, 18, it required all male citizens between the ages of 45 and XNUMX to serve in the military.

The length of service varied over time, going from 24 to 18 months during the First and Second World Wars, until stabilizing at 12 months in recent decades.

The military service played a fundamental role not only in the defense of the country, but also in the training and social integration of young Italians. It was considered a rite of passage that taught discipline, a sense of duty and technical skills. However, it also attracted a lot of criticism, especially for the often difficult conditions and the mandatory nature that limited personal freedom.

As the years passed and defense needs changed, the military service was progressively reduced. The definitive end came with the law of 23 August 2004, n. 226, which suspended compulsory service starting January 1, 2005, transitioning to a professional army model. The suspension of the draft marked the end of an era, leaving room for periodic discussions about possible reinstatement in response to new security challenges.

Someone proposes the reinstatement of compulsory military service for all young Italians for a period of 6 months. The measure would aim to strengthen the sense of belonging and civic responsibility, as well as providing basic training in security and defense.

What do you think?

We discuss it tonight at 21.00 with the historian Paolo Palumbo, the vice president of AISS (Italian Subsidiary Security Association) Claudio Verzola, the vice president of the National Infantryman's Association Marco Pasquali and Col. Mauro Scorzato, (160th Academy course, retired since 2015).

See you there!

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