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Conscript service

The Constitution of the Republic of Estonia foresees mandatory duty to perform service in the Defence Forces of all physically and mentally healthy male citizens.

The duration of the conscript service is 8 or 11 months, depending on the education and position provided by the Defence Forces to the conscript. In the service conscripts acquire basic knowledge necessary for them to act as specialists in wartime military units.

Conscription to the conscript service is conducted on the territorial principle. Conscripts originating from one area study together in one unit. When sent to the reserve, they make up one reserve unit led by commanders who have been trained during the conscript service and who come from the same unit.

After the conscript service reservists are called up for trainings for reserve in every five years. There the skills mastered during the conscript service are reinforced and new arms and equipment are introduced.

Last updated: 9. June 2022, 13:38

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