UAE announces compulsory military service for males

All UAE males aged 18-30 will serve country’s armed forces for between 9 months and 2 years

Emirati armed forces take part in a military show at the opening of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference in 2013. (AFP/Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

Emirati armed forces take part in a military show at the opening of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference in 2013. (AFP/Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

The UAE has announced compulsory military service for all males between the ages of 18 and 30.

The move was announced by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, on Twitter.

Sheikh Mohammed said that the country’s cabinet had endorsed the plan, although there is no indication when the rules will take effect.

The length of service is set to be two years for those without high school degrees, and nine months for those who have graduated from high school.

Military service will be optional for women.

“A reserve force for the UAE will be made up of those who have completed their national service, as well as members of the military who have finished their service in the armed forces,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

In November, Qatar announced that All Qatari men aged between 18 and 35 will soon be forced to undertake up to four months compulsory military service if a new government draft law is given the green light by authorities, according to a report by the AFP news agency.

The new legislation will require four months compulsory service for all men within the age bracket, while university graduates will only be expected to serve three months, the report said.

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Posted by: bre

I think its a good move for the UAE, it will have a solid army when needed and at the same time help develop the character of its men and women.

Posted by: Chur

Yes, great to see the sheikh taking an initiative like this.

Posted by: Storytime

How can anyone be all for this? It might be because of where i'm from, but no one should be forced into military service against their will. Never. I agree that women should be given full opportunity to participate in military activities if they so choose but the same rules should apply to males as well; if you want to that's fine but if you have no desire to become apart of the military should should have the right to refuse as a human being and a functioning member of society.

Posted by: Abdul Sattar

Hats Off!.....brilliant thought....much needed!

Posted by: SA1

On reading the law in more details, it seems mandatory for only those who are unemployed. For those already on employement, that will also be counted as national service.

So more to address the unemployment.

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