National Service In The UAE Reduced To 11 Months

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Following revisions to the national service programme, Emirati high school graduates will now be required to serve in the Armed Forces for a minimum of 11 months. Emiratis who depart with a diploma or credentials must now serve only 11 months. The previous restriction was 16 months.

Emiratis who do not complete high school or leave without a certificate or credentials must service in the Armed Forces for three years. Women can also volunteer if they want to fulfil their 11-month obligation. National service is mandatory for Emirati men between the ages of 18 and 30, and voluntary for those between the ages of 30 and 40.