World Bulletin/News Desk
A draft law to the effect was approved by the State Cabinet at its weekly meeting yesterday and referred to the Advisory Council for its recommendations.
According to the Qatari government, the draft law aims to enhance the defence of the homeland, and to keep the armed forces in constant readiness to maintain the security and stability of the country, relying on a regular force and a reserve force when required.
Under the provisions of the law, each Qatari male between 18 and 35 years of age is to perform national service.
Qatari male graduates aged 18 to 35 years undergo active military service for three months, for non-graduates the duration of the proposed active service is to be four months. The latter would apply to Qatari men who did not attend school, college or university and those who did attend but did not complete high school even after crossing age 21.
The proposed service rule is to apply also to Qatari men who were barred from study in school, college or university and did not graduate after reaching the prescribed age.
The Peninsula reported that the active service would include a period of military training and a period of active service in one of the units of the defence forces.
Qatar is the first country in the region to be taking steps to make military service compulsory for its young male citizens.Last Mod: 14 Kasım 2013, 12:42