United Arab Emirates issues law requiring compulsory military service for adult males

The United Arab Emirates has issued a law requiring compulsory military service for adult males, formalizing a proposal outlined earlier in the year.

“The legislation requires male high school graduates between the ages of 18 and 30 to serve nine months. Those without a high school diploma must serve two years.

Military service for female Emiratis will be voluntary.

Emirati citizens are vastly outnumbered by foreign guest workers in their own country. The country’s leaders have taken steps to get more nationals into public and private-sector jobs, including the military.

 

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