Prince Harry has called for National Service to be re-introduced in the UK to help keep young people out of trouble.
The royal said working in the Armed Forces had done amazing things for him, while he also revealed how he would encourage his niece and nephew to one day join the ranks.
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As he prepares to leave his 10-year military career next month, he has revealed his life could have been different if he had not served in the Army.
He said: “I dread to think where I’d be without the Army.
“Bring back National Service – I’ve said that before. But I put my hand up, as I said to the kids today, you can make bad choices, some severe, some not so severe.
“Without a doubt, it does keep you out of trouble. You can make bad choices in life, but it’s how you recover from those and which path you end up taking.
“I did it because since I was a kid I enjoyed wearing the combats, I enjoyed running around with a rifle, jumping in a ditch and living in the rain, and stuff.
“But then when I grew up, it became more than that, it became an opportunity for me to escape the limelight.”
The 30-year-old trained at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2005 and served in Afghanistan twice and praised the Army.
“I’ve had an epic ten years, the Army giving me great jobs. I can never thank them enough for that,” he said.