Military Affairs

SUSPENSION DU SERVICE MILITAIRE OBLIGATOIRE

Compulsory military service was ended by decree adopted at the Cabinet meeting on June 27, 2001. For persons born before January 1, 1979, the draft ended on June 28, 2001, the date the decree went into effect.

For more information see the website of the Ministry of Defense.

MANDATORY « INFORMATION DAY »

FOR EVENTUAL MILITARY SERVICE (APPEL A LA DEFENSE)

Law 97-1019 of October 28, 1997 radically changed the requirement of National Service which concerns young men (born after December 31, 1979) and young women (born after December 31, 1982).

National Service now comprises two steps:

1) Registration

Before attending an ‘Information Day’ (known as Appel de Préparation à la Defense) young adults must first register. This must be done at age 16.
- To be registered if you reside outside of France, all you need do is register with the Consulate.

For more information on registering see the website of the Ministry of Defense.

2) ‘Information Day’ (Appel de Préparation à la Défense)

‘Information Day’ is held to inform young adults about national defense issues and the duties of citizenship.
The event is held once a year at the Consulate. Young adults are notified of the date and arrangements for their participation provided they registered with the Consulate before December 31st of the year preceding the ‘Information Day.’

Young adults who have not attended an ‘Information Day’ before their 25th birthday may not:
- take the baccalauréat or any administrative examination
- obtain a French driver license

Exceptionally : Persons born in 1979 are not required to attend an ‘Information Day,’ but they must register with the Consulate.

For more information see the website of the Ministry of Defense.

For all information on registration and the ‘Information Day,’ you may contact the Consulate at 415-616-4919.

VOLONTARY SERVICE

For individuals who wish to volunteer, France has several types of voluntary service:

- Military and military preparation volunteers,
- Civilian volunteers.

A person has the option of being a civilian volunteer in private administration or the humanitarian field, in France or abroad. See the website www.civiweb.com for international volunteer work or www.vie-associative.gouv.fr for civilian voluntary work of public and societal benefit.

FOREIGN LEGION

Information is available on the website of the Foreign Legion at the following addresses; www.legionetrangere.fr and www.br-legion.com
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The French Embassy in Washington DC also has information on the subject.

Dernière modification : 23/07/2012

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