On Monday, the Moroccan army will begin selecting 15,000 recruits, the first batch since the resumption to compulsory military service.
Eleven years after its suspension, the military service law came into force again in Morocco last January. The military service law requires citizens who have reached the age of 19 to join compulsory military service and limits its duration to 12 months.
The general command of the armed forces said in a statement on Saturday: “The process of selecting and integrating the conscripts batch of 2019-2020 within the framework of military service will start on Monday and end on 31 of this month, to recruit 15,000 beneficiaries” reported the official Moroccan news agency.
The army leadership called on all the summoned Moroccans, who received the order, to head to the military unit referred to in the summons letter on the specified date.
Morocco started employing “compulsory conscription” in 1966, which used to last 18 months, exempting only those with physical disabilities, family responsibilities, or university students.
In 2007, however, King Mohammed VI decided to suspend the system of compulsory recruitment without giving reasons.