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Kuwaiti officials push for compulsory military service

Kuwaiti lawmakers are planning to proceed with…

January 4, 2010 2:39 by

Kuwaiti lawmakers are planning to proceed with a draft law that will make it mandatory for all male Kuwaitis to join the military service, reports Gulf News, quoting local newspapers. The country earlier had a law enforcing compulsory military enlisting, but it was abolished in 2001.

According to reports, the law states that all male Kuwaitis up to the age of 35 will have to enlist. Those who hold a PhD, a Master’s or a university degree will have to serve for nine months, and others will have to serve for a year. Those serving in the military will receive financial bonuses along with their salaries.

Kuwaiti nationals studying abroad, members of the diplomatic corps and “the sole supporters of their parents” will be exempted, says the report.

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