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Qatar to make military service compulsory for 4 months
Qatar’s government has approved a draft law making it compulsory for men to do military service for up to four months, media reports said on Thursday.
Four months? Someone who is or has been in a western military will have to educate me on this, but I don't think you get much of a soldier in four months...
Under the proposed legislation, the first of its kind in Qatar, it would be compulsory for men aged between 18 and 35 to serve in the military for three months if they are graduates, and four if they are not.

The cabinet adopted the bill on Wednesday before submitting it to the Majlis al-Shura, or consultative council.

The move was aimed at mobilising Qataris for the defence of the country and to ensure “a regular force” that would be backed up by poorly trained reservists, if necessary, the official QNA news agency reported.

A Qatari official who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity said “the aim of the military service is to get young Qataris to rely on themselves,” and that four months was enough.
Enough to rely on themselves for what?
The armed forces of Qatar, which sits on the world’s third largest natural gas reserves, are made up of 11,800 servicemen, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

In Kuwait, parliament is debating a bill for the restoration of compulsory military service, cancelled after the Iraqi army invaded the emirate in 1990 and occupied it for seven months.
Here's hoping al-Maliki doesn't decide to invade them...
Posted by:Steve White

#5  Four months? Someone who is or has been in a western military will have to educate me on this, but I don't think you get much of a soldier in four months...

Maybe they're getting the PLO training course. They could hire the Taliban to provide military instruction, since the Qatari government has allowed the Talibs to establish an office there.
Posted by: Zhang Fei   2013-11-15 19:28  

#4  Four months?
They propose building a sustainable industry of clothing, housing, feed, transportation, logistics and something of a civilian defense force in a 16 week boot camp. It's also establishing a marker for registering all males of jihadi age without really training them.
Posted by: Skidmark   2013-11-15 12:54  

#3  Yeah, but isn't it better than expecting Americans to fight for them?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305   2013-11-15 12:07  

#2  Four months?

Four months will get you people who can pull a trigger usually in the right direction and march to their end as cannon fodder. Six months will get you some more abilities but still in the cannon fodder category. However, better than just shoving a gun into someone's hand and sending them off to die. To make a soldier to modern western standards takes about two years if you don't want to go through the more traditional Darwin 'let god sort them out' elimination process.
Posted by: Procopius2k   2013-11-15 07:51  

#1  Hat tip to the Qataris. Four months is a damn site more that the vast majority of our own politicians have spent in boots.
Posted by: Besoeker   2013-11-15 03:34