Pals battalion One reason why men joined the war was pals battalion. that is when a group of friends joined the war together instead of being dispersed randomly within the battalions of their regional regiment. this was thought to encourage the men to sign up with their friends and it also meant to raise team spirit.
propaganda WWI propaganda suggested that this was a necesary fight by exaggerating the way that Germans treated women and children. One poster claimed that German soldiers attacked nuns and another that a Canadian soldier had been crucified. Thus the war was sold in terms of a rightous fight against evil. They also made people scared and hate the Germans so they would fight against them
Patriotism Many joined up in a fit of patriotic fervour believing that they were fighting to protect their country and families.
Adventure many of those who enlisted saw the war as a chance to grab a bit of glory. When war was declared it was genuinely thought that it would be over pretty quickly, men joined thinking that if they delayed a decision that the war would be over and others would get the honor of having participated. Basically they didn't take the war as serious as it was
Conscription Conscription refers to the process of automatically calling up men and women for military service. During the First World War men (it only applied to men at this time) who were conscripted into the armed forces had no choice but to go and fight, even if they did not want to.
conscription (continued) The act specified that single men aged 18 to 40 years old were liable to be called up for military service unless they were widowed with children or ministers of a religion.