By Staff writer
UAE President issues decree detailing remuneration for Emiratis involved in compulsory military service programme
New armed forces recruits in the UAE will be paid a minimum of AED3,000 ($816) a month, according to an official decree issued by the country's President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The new decree stipulates that national service recruits who are self-employed will receive remuneration of AED3,000 a month, as will recruits who are employed in the public and private sectors.
It added that the Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces may amend the remuneration at his discretion, news agency WAM reported.
The new decree says that for nationals whose enlisting in the reserve service is deemed necessary by the General Headquarters of the Armed Forces will receive:
* AED3,000 monthly if his reserve service is less than three months;
* AED8,000 monthly if the service is between three to nine months;
* AED15,000 monthly if the reserve service is longer than nine months.
It adds that volunteers will receive the same pay.
In June, the UAE issued a law implementing compulsory military service for Emirati men, a move highlighting the Gulf state's concern over turmoil in the region.
But the UAE, a big buyer of Western military hardware, has a territorial dispute with its much bigger neighbor, Iran, over three Gulf islands controlled by the Islamic republic.