PM says na­tional ser­vice kick starts the lives of re­cruits

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By 7DAYS News Team Per­form­ing na­tional ser­vice will set young men and women up for a life of op­por­tu­nity, the UAE’s Prime Min­is­ter has said.

HH Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, UAE Vice Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter and Ruler of Dubai, was speak­ing as he sat down to break his fast with re­cruits at the Na­tional Ser­vice School of the Pre­sen­tial Guard in Seih Hafair Camp.

He said the 12-month ex­pe­ri­ence “is a feather in the cap of youth who learn how best to serve the na­tion”.

In a video shared by Dubai Me­dia Of­fice, Sheikh Mo­hammed spoke in front of hun­dreds of young men at the camp if­tar.

He saluted them for en­dur­ing train­ing dif­fi­cul­ties away from home, and hailed their per­se­ver­ance and en­thu­si­asm for the na­tional duty.

He said: “I re­call the first days of the for­ma­tion of our armed forces 44 years ago by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sul­tan Al Nahyan, who was then the Supreme Com­man­der of the Armed Forces.

“Now Pres­i­dent His High­ness Sheikh Khal­ifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is the Supreme Com­man­der of the UAE Armed Forces, and His High­ness Sheikh Mo­hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi is the Deputy Supreme Com­man­der of the UAE Armed Forces. We are all soldiers. I served in the Army.”

Ear­lier this week, Sheikh Mo­hammed said that re­cruits that have com­pleted na­tional ser­vice will be given pri­or­ity when ap­ply­ing for gov­ern­ment jobs. Re­cruits aged be­tween 18 and 30 must serve 12 months, up from nine months orig­i­nally, be­fore their 30th birth­day. Women can also vol­un­teer as can men aged be­tween 30 and 40.

BRIEF­ING: HH Sheikh Mo­hammed speaks to com­man­ders at the na­tional ser­vice camp in Seih Hafair on Tues­day night. Inset, a re­cruit on the fir­ing range

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