World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Volunteer military

Article Id: WHEBN0009354649
Reproduction Date:

Title: Volunteer military  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Military recruitment, Indian Army, Milton Friedman, Military volunteer, William F. Cloud
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Volunteer military

A volunteer military or all-volunteer military is one which derives its manpower from volunteers rather than conscription or mandatory service. A country may offer attractive pay and benefits through military recruitment to attract volunteers. Many countries with volunteer militaries reserve the right to renew conscription in the event of an emergency.

The Indian Army is the world's largest standing volunteer army. According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, in 2010 the army had a strength of 1,129,900 active personnel and 960,000 reserve personnel. Formerly the pre-independence British Indian Army was also an all-volunteer force consisting at its peak of some 2,500,000 personnel.

In recent decades, the trend among numerous countries has been to move from conscription to all-volunteer military forces. One significant example is in France, which has historically been the first to introduce modern conscription and whose model was followed by many other countries in Europe and elsewhere around the world.

Volunteer military

See also

For further reading

Greenberg, Greg A., Robert A. Rosenheck, and Rani A. Desai. “Risk of Incarceration among Male Veterans and Nonveterans: Are Veterans of the All Volunteer Force at Greater Risk.” Armed Forces & Society, Apr 2007; vol. 33: pp. 337–350.

Gilroy, Curtis L., Robert L. Phillips, and John D. Blair. “The All-Volunteer Army: Fifteen Years Later.” Armed Forces & Society, Apr 1990; vol. 16: pp. 329–350.

Snyder, William P. “Officer Recruitment for the All-Volunteer Force: Trends and Prospects.” Armed Forces & Society, Apr 1984; vol. 10: pp. 401–425.

Bachman, Jerald G. and John D. Blair. “’Citizen Force’ or ‘Career Force’?: Implications for Ideology in the All-Volunteer Army.” Armed Forces & Society, Oct 1975; vol. 2: pp. 81-96.

McNown, Robert F., Bernard Udis, and Colin Ash. “Economic Analysis of the All-Volunteer Force.” Armed Forces & Society, Oct 1980; vol. 7: pp. 113–132.

Janowitz, Morris and Charles C. Moskos, Jr. “Five Years of the All-Volunteer Force: 1973-1978. Armed Forces & Society, Jan 1979; vol. 5: pp. 171–218.

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.