Latvia's mandatory defense service law officially proclaimed

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The President of Latvia Egils Levits has proclaimed the State Defense Law in the official Latvijas Vēstnesis on Tuesday, April 18, LETA reported.

The law enters into force on the next day after its proclamation.

It is planned that the first voluntary conscription will launch the service on July 1 of this year. Volunteers must apply quickly – until May 15 – by phone 67072793 or [email protected], or on the spot at the recruitment center at Krustabaznīcas Street 9, Rīga. In the meantime, the National Armed Forces and the Defense Ministry promises to provide as much detailed information as possible. 

The law on State Defense Service (Valsts aizsardzības dienests, VAD) foresees two types of service: military and alternative or civil service.

The first draft will be voluntary but as of January 1, 2024, random selection will apply. Criminal liability is foreseen if a person avoids service.

Until 2027, those living and declared abroad will not be conscripted. Afterwards, they will also be subject to military service.

A detailed overview of the State Defense Service law is available on our earlier story.

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