British Civil Defense Lags According to press reports, only 312,376 persons have joined the Civil Defense Corps in England since the opening of recruitment in 1949. This compares with a volunteer enrollment of 352,395 in New York City alone. Interest in civil defense in England has been steadily declining, it is reported. In Sweden, on the other hand, civil defense participation by persons between 16 and 65 years is compulsory and the present enrollment numbers, it is said, about 1,000,000. Since 1950, about 70,000 defense workers have been enrolled in Denmark, according to an unnamed recruitment authority of this country, who also reports conditions are not very good in France, where there is no voluntary program.