In the United States, a person's 21st birthday is often a cause for celebration. In Thailand, however, it's a cause for concern for males because of the country's requirement for men to enter a lottery system for military service. Upon turning 21, anyone born male must either volunteer to serve or enter a lottery, where he has an equal chance of either being released from service or conscripted for two years.
If you noticed the phrase "born male," there's a reason for it: The law also applies to transgender people, unless they can prove they are transitioning to becoming female.
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