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‘Only 135 did not enroll in military service’ – 60 days grace period given

KUWAIT CITY, July 27, (KUNA): Some 135 failed to register in the military national service out of 2,704, said head of National Service at the Ministry of Defense Major General Ibrahim Al-Amiri.

He told KUNA that the number is small compared with the actual number of those who registered on the website, which reached 1,407.

He explained that those who did not complete the registration process could not be considered as violators as they did not reach the deadline given to them.

The law includes a grace period not exceeding 60 days from issuing the new law, after which anyone who fails to register would be considered an “evader” of service, and will face legal actions, he pointed out.

The military official said the National Service took into consideration health and social conditions, reasons for travel and other matters that might hinder registration, confirming that the Commission received all inquiries regarding the National Service Act.

Number of recruits who will reach legal age by the end of this year is estimated at 7,500, while number of those who will reach the legal age until next May is estimated at 13,000.

On May 10, 2017, General Staff of the Kuwaiti Army began implementing the National Military Service Law on male Kuwaitis who have reached the age of 18 years. The number of young men born on May 10, 1999 and beyond is expected to reach 13,217 by the end of 2017.

It invited young Kuwaiti men to register in the Service through the website (www.kns.gov.kw) within 60 days, to fill in all the data, complete the registration procedures and submit official documents required to open the profile.

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