The word conscript has appeared in 23 New York Times articles in the past year, including on July 4 in "Military Reasserts Its Allegiance to Its Privileges" by Ben Hubbard:
- Egypt has the largest standing military in the Arab world, estimated at 450,000 troops. Most are conscripts and low-ranking officers who have little opportunity for advancement.
- For decades, however, its tens of thousands of elite officers have jealously guarded their privileged station. They live as a class apart, with their own social clubs, hotels, hospitals, parks and other benefits financed by the state.