Germany thinks to return conscription for civil defence
Germany is considering the reintroduction of national service for civilians to help the army deal with a future disaster.
Conscription as a part of new civil defence strategy will be discussed by the government on Wednesday, but the plan was leaked to the media days before.
Conscription could be a temporary measure in the event of a national emergency. In a crisis civilians might be obliged to help direct traffic or provide fuel and accommodation for the military, German news agency DPA reported.
Compulsory national service was eliminated in Germany in 2011, but provision for it remains in the constitution, so it could easily be reinstated.
The new civil defence plan includes advice for citizens to store enough food to last 10 days, because emergency services might be fully stretched dealing with a major disaster.