• Short Summary

    Jordan re-introduced national service this year after abandoning compulsory conscription in 1969.

    SYNOPSIS: Jordanian men over?

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    Jordan re-introduced national service this year after abandoning compulsory conscription in 1969.

    SYNOPSIS: Jordanian men over the age of 18 are once again required to sign on for two years national service.

    The law for compulsory conscription was first introduced in 1969 when there was extreme tension between the Jordanian government and the Palestinian guerrilla organisations. Conscription was dropped when the government eventually reached agreement with the guerrillas.

    The new law excludes only exceptional cases. Students wanting to finish high school or university education can gain postponement.

    The national service soldiers, or acountables as they are known, spend three months in military training in camps in the Zerqa area of north east Jordan. After that they are posted to various regular army unites to spend the 21 remaining months of their service. The conscripts are paid nine Jordanian dinars (about GBP4.50 sterling) a month during their training. The pay rises to 15 dinars (GBP7.50) for the rest of the service.

    Until conscription became compulsory, the two-year period of national service was voluntary.

    The total strength of the Jordanian armed forces is more than 80,000, with an army of 75,000 men. The country also has a para-military force 10,000 consisting of a civil militia of 7,000 and a mobile police force of 3,000. The introduction of conscription brings the country in line with other Arab lands, including Egypt, Algeria and neighbouring Syria and Iraq.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD6A3RE0HT3JGXZUKDK92CETJ0
    Media URN:
    VLVAD6A3RE0HT3JGXZUKDK92CETJ0
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/12/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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