National military service a must for employment; strict fines for those who violate the law
Citizens aged 18 to 35 years who do enrol for the mandatory national service will not be eligible for jobs in the government and non-government sectors.
The new Law No. 5 of 2014 on national service issued by the Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani also states that citizens who fail do so will also not be eligible to own a license for business.
As per the law, the Ministry of Defence would be informed of the names of Qatari males who have completed 18 years, in the first half of every year. From these, eligible citizens will be asked to report to the authorities within 60 days of notification, The Peninsula reported.
The national service is mandatory for even those currently employed. They can resume their work within 15 days after completing the service.
Those not abiding by the law face violations as follows:
- A fine of QR50,000 or jail for not more than one year or both – for those who delay joining the service.
- A fine of QR5,000 or jail for not more than one year or both – for those failing to report for the service in one month if he is still in Qatar, or in two months if he is out of the country.
- A fine of QR20,000 or jail for not less than one month and not more than one year or both – for those who produce fake medical documents.
Though the national service is mandatory for all Qatari males currently, authorities are soon to come up with a decision regarding the role of Qatari women in the country’s military.