By Sam Bridge
General Command of the UAE Armed Forces issues statement saying students planning to go to university must still attend basic training
The General Command of the UAE Armed Forces on Wednesday announced that all high school students who graduate in the 2019-2020 academic year must enrol in the National Service Programme regardless of their grades.
It said in a statement published by state news agency WAM that students with grades of 90 percent or higher wishing to go to the university must attend a four-month basic training course and undertake the Emirates Standardised Test before the end of their course, in coordination with the Ministry of Education.
Previously, students who achieved 90 percent of higher could delay service until the completion of their university studies.
Only those who pass this stage will be allowed to begin the university immediately after graduating from the basic training course.
Students must then complete the remainder of a prescribed period of specialist training, active service and annual resuscitation training upon the completion of their university studies.
Students who obtained a grade of 90 percent or higher but are not able to achieve the required EmSAT results must complete all stages of the programme throughout the period prescribed by law, which is 16 months.
The General Command said that this announcement follows implementation of a federal decree which amended certain provisions of the federal law on national and reserve service in the UAE.
The General Command invited students to visit the recruitment centres distributed around the country to complete their registration and medical examination.