Belgium Ends Compulsory Military Service
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) _ Belgium will end compulsory military service on the last day of the month.
About 800 men serving Belgium’s required six-month stint in the military will be sent home March 1 and no more will be drafted, the government said Thursday. Women are not drafted.
The move is designed to create a fully professional military, said Defense Ministry spokesman Pierre de Lame. The armed forces has about 46,000 people serving the country.