Applications open for first draft into Latvia's state defense service

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Until May 15, Latvian citizens aged 18 to 27 can apply voluntarily for the first draft of the State Defense Service, using the electronic single recruitment platform “”, the Ministry of Defense said April 19.

In order to start filling out the application questionnaire, it is first necessary to authenticate using one of the types offered in the single application module, such as an eID card and eParaksts mobile or through your Internet bank.

Every citizen of Latvia who wishes to be involved in the defense of the State will find information on all types of service available at the National Armed Forces in the single recruitment platform “”.

The first voluntary draft of the State Defense Service takes place on July 1, 2023. The next draft on January 1, 2024, will select eligible recruits at random, giving preference to volunteers. 

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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