In a move designed to bolster the country’s defense force, the Qatari cabinet hasapproved a draft law requiring all Qatari men between the ages of 18 and 35 to serve in the country’s armed forces for at least three months.
This would be the first such legislation in the country. According to the draft, conscription requirements vary based education level. Male graduates with two- or four-year college or university degrees would only have to serve three months. However, high school graduates who don’t pursue higher education and high school dropouts would be required to serve four months.
According to QNA, the country’s official news agency, three categories of men will be required to serve with the army for the longer period:
1. Those who did not enroll in schools, universities, colleges or medium and high institutes and those who did not complete their study thereat.
2. Those who entered, but did not finish, high school after completing the age of 21.
3. Each student who has been dismissed from study at colleges or higher or intermediate institutes or its equivalent or did not graduate after reaching the prescribed age.
The law also includes an exception for some recruits to be allowed to work “in other institutions” during their period of service, suggesting that some men may be allowed to remain in their current roles in government ministries rather than taking part in active military service. see more