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One lottery many Thai men hope to lose via @cmswire

One lottery many Thai men hope to lose via @cmswire

A young man drawing from a pot as he takes part in a lottery process to pick military recruits at a temple in Bangkok recently. If he draws a red card, he will have to serve up to two years of military service. -- PHOTO: AFP BANGKOK - Mr ANOND Naknava nervously reached into the box and pulled out a red card that sealed his fate: up to two years of military service. For some young men in Thailand, conscription is literally a lottery. 'It just wasn't my day - I knew it was going to be me,' said the 21-year-old college student, who must now take a break from his studies to join the navy. Each April, around the time of the Buddhist New Year, Thailand's armed forces launch a search for healthy men of between 21 and 30 years old. This year the military needs almost 100,000 recruits - up by 9,828 from the number required last year. Many of the places are filled by volunteers. The...

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