PM says national service kick starts the lives of recruits
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