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UAE military service now mandatory

UAE military service now mandatory

Emirati women not obligated to join the army

June 9, 2014 12:14 by

It is now mandatory for all medically fit Emirati men, between 18 and 30 years, to join the national army, state news agency WAM reports.

According to the Federal Law No. 6 for 2014, issued on June 7 (Saturday), Emirati women are exempt from this obligation – although they can serve nine months with written consent from their guardians – along with men who are an only son to their parents and those deemed medically unfit.

In addition, men who have not completed secondary education will be required to serve two years, while others must serve nine months.

While completing military duties, employers of local staff must compensate them as they would normally and are not permitted to replace them permanently, although they have the option of hiring temporary staff.

“The law aims to instill values of loyalty and sacrifice in the hearts of citizens, linking them with the teachings of religion and the socialisation of different generations in terms of leadership characteristics, physical power and self-reliance, responsibility and discipline, and respect for law and time,” WAM reports.

The law also intends to develop the local youth through scientific and practical training.


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