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National service: a chance to serve the nation - Al Dhaheri

posted on 08/08/2014: 3245 views



The introduction of national service law, rather than mandatory or compulsory, is meant to engage all members of Emirati society in serving their homeland and the Emirati community is considered a strategic asset of the Armed Forces, said a senior U.A.E. Armed Forces official.

There was no legal grounds to deny any Emirati from serving their country, said Major General Matar Al Dhaheri, Chief of Administration and Manpower at the Armed Forces General Command, adding that one of the main objectives of the national service law was to empower young Emirati leaders who could be capable of shouldering responsibilities in support of the Armed Forces.

The introduction of the law did not signify that more troops were needed and the country was under threat, and was to ensure that citizens were aware of their responsibilities, he said, saying that at the same time, training recruits raised the Armed Forces' responsibilities towards them.

The national service law had been under review for years, even when Sheikh Zayed was alive, and was issued only after a thorough review, Al Dhaheri was quoted as saying yesterday by The National daily.

Officials in-charge of developing the law visited several countries to take stock of their experiences and to become acquainted with the best practices.

Maj. Gen. Al Dhaheri said that an alternative service was available for those unable to physically perform military service, allowing all Emirati youths to serve in some capacity.

He noted that the first batch of recruits to enlist for national service were chosen from the 18-year-old category because this was a character-forming stage.

As for female recruits, he said, some camps had been established strictly for women, and they would be managed, supervised and trained by women with traditions and customs of Emirati society.

He said 9,247 people had so far registered for service and the number of recruits due to begin their service would be announced soon. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395268423707.html

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