The United Arab Emirates says it has extended its mandatory military service for men who graduated from high school from 12 to 16 months.
The law applies to all males between the ages of 18 and 30 who are in good medical health. When initially issued, the law stated that men who have a high school degree or its equivalent will serve nine months, while those who do not have a high school diploma will serve for two years.
Military service is optional for women and requires the approval of their legal guardians. They can serve for up to nine months.
The law also stated that military service will include training periods, exercises and lectures on patriotism and security.
Since its implementation, the national service programme has “achieved positive results and reflected positively on the conduct of the recruits,” the WAM report said.
“It is considered one of the UAE’s most effective and important strategic move, in the light of its anticipated strategic outcomes in political, military, security, national, social and economic terms,” it added.
The UAE has been heavily involved in the operations of the Saudi-led coalition that has been fighting against the Houthi militants in Yemen since March 2015. The coalition aims to restore Yemen’s former President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government back to power.
Source Credit: Gulf Business