Since the Cold War ended, twelve of NATO’s twenty-six member states have suspended compulsory military service or announced plans to phase it out, thus joining the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Luxembourg in the family of nations with all-volunteer armed forces (AVFs). Most of NATO’s other members are deeply reducing the number of conscripts they call up each year, relying increasingly on volunteers to fill their military ranks.
"From Conscripts to Volunteers,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 58
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol58/iss1/3