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The UAE cabinet introduce mandatory military service for all Emirati males

The UAE cabinet introduce mandatory military service for all Emirati males

From 18 to 30 years old


Image: Sheikh Mohammed

The countries President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan has ordered the Cabinet to draw up a bill for a new national defence and reserve force

Today on Twitter Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, revealed details of the new law, which will require all males who have finished secondary school or between the ages of 18-30 are to undergo military training. The training will also be optional for females. "Today, I headed a Cabinet meeting where we started with procedures directed to us by the President with passing a law on national services and reserve," The Vice President tweeted. "The new law aims to put together a new national defence, in order to protect the homeland and its borders and its resources and gains."


Sheikh Mohammed said the training would include military exercises and those enlisted in the armed forces will get additional security training. The durations of the service are as follows, Emirati males who have finished secondary school will be required to serve nine months, those without a diploma will serve for two years. "Protecting the nation and preserving its independence and sovereignty is a sacred national duty. The new law will apply to everyone," he also tweeted.

The UAE will be joining other GCC countries who already have mandatory military services; including Kuwait, Egypt, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Algeria, Turkey and Iran.

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