Consular Affairs

Military Draft

 

* For more details, consult the The National Lebanese Army site.

LEBANESE BORN AFTER 1973 AND WHO HAVE COMPLETED 18 YEARS OF AGE ARE WANTED FOR THE MILITARY SERVICE, BUT MAY BE EXEMPTED TEMPORARILY OR PERMANENTLY IN CERTAIN CASES. FAILURE TO PRESENT THEMSELVES TO THE MOBILIZATION DEPARTMENTS OF THE ARMY OR TO APPLY FOR EXEMPTION IS CONSIDERED A BREACH OF LAW.

YOUNG MEN RESIDING ABROAD (9 months in a single year) ARE ELIGIBLE FOR TEMPORARY / DEFINITIVE EXEMPTION. THE FOLLOWING REGULATIONS APPLY TO THEM:

 

A. In the cases of Temporary Exemption:

The Military Draft may be postponed for Residents abroad whether students or otherwise, provided they live abroad for a continuous period of 9 months in a single year and supply the supporting documents to prove their residency.

These documents need to be attested by the Lebanese Embassy or one of the Consulates (Kindly refer to the Area of Jurisdiction). Then the attestation should be presented to the Ministry of National Defense in Lebanon after being legalized by the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beirut. The exemption takes effect once the attestation is completed and submitted.

The Embassy will issue an attestation on the basis of the following documents:

- A proof of residency = A “travel movement” or “evidence of residence status” from the Immigration Department, OR Copy of Residence Permit OR Copy of Australian / NZ passport (plus one photostat copy);.

- Two copies of Lebanese I.D. (I.D. Card or Individual Civil Registry Record (Ikhraj Kayd Fardy) or Lebanese Passport.

- Two passport size photos.

- A Military Draft Exemption Application Form stating current address and phone number.

- Self-addressed, stamped (or Priority Prepaid) return envelope.

- Money Order or a Bank Cheque in the amount of A$ 23.50 payable to the “Embassy of Lebanon” (The fees are subject to change without notice. Receipts are issued when no Consular Stamps equivalent to the amount of the fees in Lebanese Pounds, are affixed).

 

 B. In the cases of Definitive Exemption:

A residency abroad for a continuous period of FIVE years, at least, entitles the Draftees for a full or Definitive Exemption.

Any person who applied and received Temporary Exemption in 5 years in a row falls under this category. Others who have not done so are required to submit their documents in support of their claim, as stated above.

 

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