For many it brought some discipline to their lives; others got to see the world. Some saw action in Cyprus, Malaya, Kenya, Korea and in many other far-flung parts of the dwindling Empire. During the Cold War, it also ensured Britain could call on a professionally trained group of men in times of war. It was all to end in the early 1960s, but hundreds of thousands of men were trained using the information contained in the National Serviceman's Handbook, a compilation of the various Army training manuals issued throughout National Service.
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