9 Countries with mandatory military training for its citizens

North Korea

North Korea, better described as an “open-air prison” mandates compulsory military training for its people where men have to go 11 years while women need to serve 7 years starting aged 17.


Israeli citizens need to serve for a duration of 24-36 months in the state’s military service while the norms relatively stand at ease for women than men.


Vietnam has stricter norms were men aged 18-25 years have to serve in the military for 24-36 months, where the defaulters in the case will be dealt with seriously.


Every male citizen in Singapore needs to undergo mandatory national service for 24 months after turning 18, this can include the armed forces, civil defence, or police force.


Finland mandates military service for men above 18 for a period of 6-12 months or border duty after which they are posted in reserve till the age of 60 years.


The South American state of Colombia expects its men to serve in the military for 18 months between 18-24 years of age. It was only in October 2022 the mandatory norms were taken down.


Heaven on earth, Switzerland also mandates military training for men between 18-30 years for 18 weeks and can be called for at most 6 times in the next 10 years to pay 19 days of service each.


Angola also has laid down the norms for its citizen to undergo military training for 24 months between the age of 18-45 years and through this service, only Angola fulfilled the majority of its force needs.

South Korea

All the physically fit men are required to serve in the military for a period of 18-21 months in South Korea which has come a long way laid down through the country’s laws.