Conscription in Cyprus

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Military service in the Cypriot National Guard is mandatory for all male citizens of the Republic of Cyprus, as well as any male non-citizens born of a parent of Greek Cypriot descent, lasting from the January 1 of the year in which they turn 18 years of age to December 31, of the year in which they turn 50.[1] All male residents of Cyprus who are of military age (16 and over) are required to obtain an exit visa from the Ministry of Defense.

Conscription[edit]

The Republic of Cyprus has an active military draft. Conscripts enlisting as of the 2016 winter draft have to serve a term of 14 months,[2] and military service continues as a reservist after the end of the term. Reservists are called up several times a year, for 1 or 2 days at a time, each year until the age of 50, at which point they can choose to voluntarily continue their military service.[3]

If conscientious objector status is claimed due to religious or ideological reasons, the objector may serve either an alternative military or civil service, depending on the circumstances of each case.[4] Enlisting had been optional for members of the Armenian, Maronite, and Roman Catholic minorities, but as of 2008 service was made compulsory for them as well.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

Reduction of military conscription in Cyprus

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.army.gov.cy/en/file/Mz7pGiPfUAqhGYAsl9Rd6A==/
  2. ^ http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/02/25/government-cuts-army-service/
  3. ^ http://www.army.gov.cy/en/file/Mz7pGiPfUAqhGYAsl9Rd6A==/
  4. ^ http://www.army.gov.cy/en/file/Mz7pGiPfUAqhGYAsl9Rd6A==/

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