Southern Rhodesia: National Services (Armed Forces) Act 1940

Southern Rhodesia

National Services (Armed Forces) Act 1940

In 1940, Southern Rhodesia passed legislation allowing the authorities to call up any male British subject of European ancestry aged between 19 and a half and 25 who had lived in the colony for at least six months for war service. The minimum age was reduced to 18 in 1942. Part-time training was compulsory for all white males between 18 and 55, with a small number of exceptions for those in reserved occupations.