Conscription in Egypt

Conscription in Egypt (Arabic: التجنيد attagneed‎) is a form of a compulsory military service in Egypt.

Conscription is compulsory in Egypt for males of ages between 18 and 30. Conscription has been in force in Egypt in some form or the other since the 1840s. The present conscription system is based on the National Conscription Law of 1948, which was further amended in 1955, 1957, 1969, and 1988. The service obligation is between 12 to 36 months,[1] depending on their educational backgrounds, culture, drop-outs, etc.[2] Followed by a 9-year reserve obligation.[2]

Service is postponed for students until their studies are finished, before they turn 25 years old and they can not travel abroad without travel permit from the Ministry of Defense.

Only Egyptian males with a male sibling are allowed to become conscripted, if they have no male siblings or dual citizenship they are exempt from service.

Males cannot be enlisted when they turn 30 because they are considered unfit for the service.

Only Egyptians with only Egyptian nationality must be enlisted and called for the service. Otherwise, they are exempted. They can be also exempted if they have no brothers or they are the only supporters for their family.

A conscript can be enlisted in one of the various arms and branches of the Egyptian Army, the Egyptian Air Defence Forces or the Egyptian Navy. A limited number of conscripts can join as ground/base staff in the Air Force. Those men who do not qualify for selection in any of the armed forces branches, are required to do their service obligation in the Central Security Forces for a 36-month period.

People graduated from colleges are offered to remain in the career after the obligation period (12–36 months), and they are positioned in special ranks amongst the other conscripts.

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ a b Egypt in the CIA World Fact Book.
  • Notes on Compulsory Army Service in Egypt. On The Baheyeldin Dynasty.
  • Egypt Military service age and obligation. On Index Mundi

External links

  • Egypt - Conscription and Reserves
  • Military Service Policy for Egyptian students. Instructions and guidelines on the AUC website.
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  • Egyptian Military Statistics. On NationMaster.
  • Questions & Answers About Conscription In Egypt

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