National defence obligation and national defence obligation register

Estonia’s primary independent defence capability is ensured by the Defence Forces built on the principle of reserve army with the military units in reserve as its main force. To ensure the manning and military training of the reserve army, men in Estonia from the age of 17 to 60 are liable to national defence obligation. Men in this age group must enter conscript or alternative service on a call-up selectee basis and participate in reserve trainings as reservists, i.e. perform their national defence obligation. Citizens who are object to national defence obligation are called persons liable to national defence obligation.

The Defence Resources Agency shall enter the data of a person liable to national defence obligation to the national defence obligation register. The Defence Resources Agency shall notify a person liable to national defence obligation of the first entry in writing at the address specified in the population register. The register includes the data of all persons liable to national defence obligation regardless of their place of residence, level of education, or state of health. You can see your data in the national defence obligation register in the State Portal.

One may assume the liability to national defence obligation voluntarily. Citizens of Estonia who are not liable to the national defence obligation may assume the liability if they are over the age of 18. To become liable to the national defence obligation, an application must be submitted to the Defence Resources Agency.

A national defence obligation cannot be discarded after assuming the liability. Citizens who have assumed the liability to national defence obligation have similar rights and obligations as other people liable to the national defence obligation, including the obligation to undergo conscript service or participate in reserve trainings.

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

Last amended: 05-08-2015 00:00 | Compiled by: Defence Resources Agency