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Belgium Ends Compulsory Military Service

February 9, 1995

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.

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