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Emiratis upbeat about National Service

posted on 12/08/2014: 2899 views

Young Emiratis who appeared for enrolling in the National and Reserve Service unanimously agree that they answered the call to register not because they had to, but because it is their duty.

Young Emiratis received the text messages and phone calls after Eid telling them to appear at recruitment centres for the first stage of their national military service.

"We weren't told of any punishment for not enrolling," Ahmed Al Mansouri, 17, who has just finished secondary education at Al Ittihad school and is looking forward to a new experience told The National daily, adding that "I'm here because I'm excited to enrol. I think it's a great thing and a service to the country." Military service will not alter Ahmed's plans for university. "It's just nine months, and I think it will be a good nine months, after which I'll be able to go and continue education." The young recruits will spend three months of general boot camp followed by three months in specialised training. The final phase will take place in institutions such as the Army, Police and Ministry of Interior.

Once participants complete their service they will become part of the reserve forces and may be called up each year for training, or in case of emergency.

For Ahmed's classmate, Khalifa Al Marar, 18, serving in the military is a chance to bond with his peers. "I don't look at it as a burden really, it is more a chance to spend more time with my friends in a very interesting time," he said.

Others see national service as a chance to get a head start on a military career.

"I always planned on becoming an officer in the Army," said Bilal Nuaimi, 18. "This is a chance for me to prove my worth as I will be with my classmates and I will try to do my best." "For me this is both an education and a chance for my friends to experience what my work will be in the future," he said, adding that "For me this is a duty, so I don't even take into account what happens if I fail to enrol because I will enrol." Even for those who do not plan a military career, enrolment is seen as a duty to the country. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


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