Qatar to introduce compulsory military service – report

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All Qatari men aged between 18 and 35 will soon be forced to undertake up to four months compulsory military service if a new government draft law is given the green light by authorities, according to a report by the AFP news agency. The new legislation will require four months compulsory service for all men within the age bracket, while university graduates will only be expected to serve three months, the report said. The move was aimed at mobilising Qataris for the defence of the country and to ensure "a regular force" that would be backed up by reservists, if necessary, the official QNA news agency said. "The aim of the military service is to get young Qataris to rely on themselves," a Qatari official told AFP. Kuwait is also currently debating reinstating compulsory military service. http://www.arabianbusiness.com/qatar-introduce-compulsory-military-service-report-526526.html