Active service

Active service in the Defence Forces is a special type of public service. The available posts in the Defence Forces are available at the homepage of the recruitment centre of the Defence Resources Agency (in Estonian).

An Estonian citizen who wishes to join the active service of the Defence Forces must meet the requirements set out in the Military Service Act, i.e. they must:

  • be 18–60 years old, liable to national defence obligation, and have acquired at least basic education
  • have total active legal capacity and the necessary physical training
  • speak Estonian at a required level
  • meet the health requirements of an active serviceman.

If a person not liable to national defence obligation wishes to join active service, they must first become liable to national defence obligation.

To join active service, the following documents must be submitted via the recruitment centre of the Defence Resources Agency to the Commander of the Defence Forces or a superior authorised by them:

  • a signed written application which includes the name of the desired public contest or post and confirmation that the applicant meets the requirements specified in the Military Service Act
  • a CV
  • a certificate or diploma verifying the qualification or education required at the peace-time military rank position
  • a copy of an identity document.

An employee of the recruitment centre shall invite the candidates whose CVs indicate that they meet the requirements of the post to the greatest extent to a job interview. The interview shall be carried out by an employee of the recruitment centre. If necessary, a representative of the structure unit of the Defence Forces shall also be present. During the interview, the service possibilities of the Defence Forces shall be introduced and the candidate’s compatibility with the post shall be evaluated.

What should be considered upon applying for active service

A CV can also be submitted to the recruitment centre of the Defence Resources Agency if the Defence Forces do not currently have a suitable position. To do so, join the database of persons seeking work. An employee of the recruitment centre shall contact a candidate if a suitable public contest is opened.

Candidates of the active service will pass:

  • a personal check which verifies the candidate’s compliance with the requirements of the Military Service Act
  • a medical committee of the Defence Forces which verifies the candidate’s compliance with the health requirements of active servicemen
  • an assessment of physical training carried out by the Defence Forces.

The final decision regarding accepting the person in the active service shall be made by the Commander of Defence Forces or a superior authorised by them.

The following people will not be accepted in active service:

  • people who are suspects or accused in criminal cases
  • people who have a criminal record for an intentionally committed criminal offence
  • people who have been convicted and deprived, with a judgment, of the right to work at a position related to military service or other civil services
  • people who have been exempted from military service or any other position of public service for a disciplinary offence if less than a year has passed since their release
  • people who belong to a political party
  • people who have been registered by an electoral commission as a candidate in the election of Riigikogu, the European Parliament, or a municipal council.

Last amended: 08-02-2017 00:00 | Compiled by: Defence Resources Agency