Red citizens of Norta are subject to conscription laws that require all Reds over the age of eighteen to be employed or drafted into the Nortan military. Due to job scarcity in Red communities outside tech towns most Reds are conscripted. On the other hand, techie Reds are forbidden to be conscripted, leave their city of birth or change their profession.
Apprenticed Reds, or Reds who possess conscription waivers, are exempted from being drafted. However, if apprenticed Reds lose their Master without completing their training and cannot get new work, they become eligible for conscription again if they reach conscription age.
All conscripted Reds are put in the front lines and led by high-ranking Silvers. Conscription lasts several decades, with intervals of leave before discharge, or until a Red is no longer physically able to serve due to injury.
Both of Mare Barrow's older brothers were conscripted, bu managed to escape or be discharged before they lost their lives. Mare's father also survived conscription, but lost a lung and was confined to a wheelchair as a result of his injuries.
As retaliation for the Sun Shooting caused by the Scarlet Guard, King Tiberias Calore VI lowered the conscription age from eighteen to fifteen. This Measures were then reversed by Maven Calore in order to gain the people's popularity, after he is coronated.
When Cal becomes king, he ends conscription entirely. He also allows freedom of movement for Reds, declares fair wages and improves working conditions. As a result, the Nortan army falls to forty-six percent strength.