Alternative service

A call-up selectee who has refused to enter military service for religious or moral reasons is obliged to undergo alternative service. Alternative service lasts for 12 months.

Persons in alternative service may not be laid under obligation to:

  • use or maintain weapons or other means of warfare;
  • handle other resources or substances meant to kill or injure humans;

Calling up for alternative service is executed on the same basis as conscript service, which means that:

  • the state of health of the call-up selectee must meet the health requirements of persons liable to mandatory duty to serve in the Defence Forces;
  • the call-up selectee must have completed at least 6 grades;
  • the call-up selectee must not be subject to a valid deferment;
  • the call-up selectee must not be subject to being excused from conscript service.

Upon the termination of the alternative service, a person in alternative service shall be considered as part of the reserve forces.

To enter alternative service, a call-up selectee must submit a reasoned application to the Defence Resources Agency which includes clear and valid reasons. The application may be submitted any time, but not later than 30 days before the date for entering conscript service.

To assess the validity of the application, the Defence Resources Board is entitled to make inquiries from the call-up selectee’s school or workplace and the religious organisation specified by the call-up selectee.

The Defence Resources Agency shall notify the call-up selectee of the time for entering alternative service and their service unit no later than 30 days before the start of alternative service.

If you have any questions, call the free information line of call-up selectees at 800 2525.

Last amended: 04-08-2015 00:00 | Compiled by: Defence Resources Agency