Tunisia National service

In Tunisia compulsory military service applies to all citizens from 20 to 35. Those who are engaged in higher education or vocational training programs prior to their military drafting are allowed to delay service until they have completed the programs. The duration of the military service is 1 year.

The benefits of conscription

Young people who perform national service under conscription to military service the following benefits:

  • The honor of defending the homeland.
  • The contribution to peace in the world.
  • Participation in the effort of the development of his country.
  • The priority for recruitment into the military academies.
  • The extension of the maximum age for admission to military training schools (24 years instead of 23 years).
  • The possibility of continuing vocational training in many disciplines during the performance of national service.
  • A monthly allowance of 200 dinars for holders of a higher school diploma or have completed at least two years of graduate successfully and holders of a higher technician certificate of vocational training and 100 dinars for other recruits.[1]

Concept of national service

According to the law, the national service is a holy duty for every citizen. It aims at the defense of the homeland, the participation in the global development of the country and the propaganda peace in the world.

The national service lasts only one year and comes to mean reinforcement of the integrity of the country the respect of its society values and equality between the citizens.

There are two forms of national service; effective service in the armies' forces, or a national service outside of the armies' forces - such as units inside ministries, local collectivities and public establishments or within the framework of the individual assignment, as well as the technical co-operation according to the global defense necessities and the national solidarity.[2]

The provisions of law stipulate:

  • The military service is a duty for every 20 years old Tunisian citizen suited to pass 12 months into armies’ forces units.
  • From the age of 18 years, the Tunisian citizen can be incorporated after the approval of the national defense minister.
  • The recruits could follow a professional training in various specialties at professional training centers belonging to the three Armies Forces or the central corps.

Stages of conscription

1. The census

  • From the age of 18, every Tunisian citizen is requested to the military census within a committee presided by the delegate of the city of his residence.
  • The young's people called up to fill up information's bills by addressing themselves to their respective City hall of residence.

2. The conscription

Every 20-year-old citizen must attend the regional office of the National Service of his residence in the previously mentioned class time indicated in his individual census bill. Through his identity card (ID), he would regularize his position vis à vis the National Service law.

The citizens who turn up to the Regional Centers of Conscription and Mobilization would undergo:

  • A medical check-up to determine their aptitude to the accomplishment of the National Service.
  • A psycho-technical test.

3. The military training

Suited to accomplish the national service, the recruits are conducted to the military training centers to follow a basic military training.

After that, they would be transferred to military units and could follow a professional training in various specialties at Professional Training Centers belonging to the three Armies and the central corps.[3]


  1. "The benefits of conscription". www.csn.defense.tn. Retrieved 2016-05-29.
  2. "Concept of national service". www.csn.defense.tn. Retrieved 2016-05-29.
  3. "Stages of conscription". www.csn.defense.tn. Retrieved 2016-05-29.
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