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Kuwait, third in GCC to impose mandatory military service

Mandatory military service has just been re-enforced in Kuwait after 16 years of cancelling it. With this, Kuwait becomes the 11th country in the Arab world to opt for compulsory recruitment.

Kuwait, early this week, announced that all Kuwaiti men born on 10th May 1999 and beyond will have to engage the procedures to get enlisted for military services. Those who failed to comply with the new regulations and register for drafting within 60 days of reaching the age of 18 would face strict punitive measures, which include travel bans, prison terms and fines.

Officials have predicted that about 13,000 Kuwaitis would sign up for the service in its initial stages.  Kuwait has no become the third GCC country to embrace the mandatory military service, following Qatar in 2013 and UAE in 2014. Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia, however, do not impose military service on their citizens.

There have been calls for reintroducing mandatory drafting in many other countries, with people arguing that young men need it to build strong character and to reinforce their sense of patriotism and sacrifice in the service of the country. People are of the opinion that military readiness is crucially needed to deal with increasing security risks, regional and international challenges and escalating terror threats.

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