|Kuwait has known, before everyone else, the compulsory military service. This has always been the case with Kuwait, before the issue was deliberately put on the backburner.|
The conscription would have been successful and would have achieved much if it had not been pushed into the maze of misuse. The system totally collapsed with the early hours’ despicable invasion of the country by Saddam Hussein.
The system remained forgotten for more than a quarter of a century and has been reinstated with the new law. After a few months the army will receive a batch of 12,000 new conscripts if all preparations are put in place to receive such a relatively large number of conscripts before receiving more batches.
Those in the age group of 18 to 35 years are eligible for conscription and they will be trained in a professional manner, different from what was happening in the past, and this is what we want.
The implementation of the resolution was delayed for nearly two years in order to prepare it well. Defense sources said the plan was drawn up to receive conscripts during June, which of course is a bad timing, but the necessity has its own rules.
The law stipulates the period of service will be one year, and that includes military training and service period. If the conscript fails to complete the training period successfully, the period of training will be extended to a further three months.
The law also states that a 30-day reserve service period per year is mandatory for all those who have completed the military service.
Article (27) of the law says the conscripts shall be treated as reserve force for 10 years or until they reach the age of 45, whichever comes first.
Article (3) of the law stipulates that the appointment in any government or non-government office or the granting of a license to practice any free profession requires the certificate that the applicant has successfully completed the compulsory military service, or it has been postponed and the applicant has been exempted in accordance with the provisions of this law.
The National Assembly has given the nod to the recommendation submitted by a number of deputies that the private sector employees should be exempted from conscription in accordance with Article 11 of the law in order to encourage Kuwaitis to work in the private sector, thus reducing the burden on the government sector or rather alleviate the burden on the Treasury.
This is in line with the objectives pursued by the development plan.
Delaying the application of this law, or applying it inappropriately, is expected from a country which is backward because it will have serious consequences, and an adverse reaction, which may deprive it of all its advantages.
It would also be shameful not to apply the law on young women – women of different ages. Women have proved to be better than men in every respect in every field.
Some of the predecessors were already against women working in the police force, but they have proved their worth and sometimes women police have preferred to have a male partner at work.
By Ahmad Al-Sarraf