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In the comics, Kaldur mentioned that all Atlanteans have a year or so of military service at a young age. Why is that required, and what exactly does it entail? Atlantis doesn't seem to be at war, and even if they were it doesn't seem like Aquaman would order 12 year olds serve on the battlefield.
Mandatory military service isn't unusual. Israel has it, for example. As for the age, this is for training, basic duties and for the identification of those for whom the military might be a career. They're not fighting wars as pre-teens.