and Maz, you have done national service right? Is it like, 50% of the guys over 18 are chosen (=forced) to do that in Denmark?
About 50% are declared fit for service, but there's not enough money to take in everyone (and no reason).
Once you turn 18, you get called in for the tests. If you're permanently disabled for some reason, either mentally or physically (requires a diagnose), you're put through a number of tests, including an IQ test (hurrr, we ain't got no dumasses shootin dem gunz). If you pass those tests, you get to draw a number from a tombola, or something like that. If you draw a number within a certain range, you get signed up, if you don't, you walk away.
Of course, some people decide to not do military service if they get signed up. They get to spend some time collecting trash, directing traffic, gathering oil spills and the likes. Some people also choose to postpone their service due to school (age 18 is about the time you finish our high school equivalent here), family or whatever. And then there are the volunteers like me.
I originally drew a number in the buffer zone, meaning I was allowed to choose whether I'd sign up or not. I chose not to at the time, because I wanted to get on with my education, but I later signed up as a volunteer when I took a sabbatical year from school.
Unless you choose to serve in the Royal Guard, you only spend four months in the service. Royal Guards spend a year because they have to learn how to tie their shoelaces and polish their shoes so they look real nice.
I'm glad I decided to sign up. Easily one of the best experiences I've ever had, even if physically and mentally exhausting at times.
The best part of having rank is I can be a **** and no one can really say anything.
You're a nub.
I was barely a private and I just called you a nub.
There, I did it again.
Sucks how rank doesn't matter in real life, huh? Edited, Jun 16th 2011 5:59pm by Mazra