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Military Registration to be Permanent with Change in Law

The president of the Committee of Security and Defense of Venezuela’s National Assembly, Juan Jose Mendoza, informed that Military Registration will become permanent but will not oblige citizens to enroll until October 21, 2010, as established in the law.

“The October 21 limit obliging people to enroll in the military registration under pain of being punished was eliminated; that will be eliminated in the proposal of reform of the Military Conscription and Enlistment Law,” said Mendoza during an interview broadcast by the state-owned station Venezolana de Television.

Mendoza added that Venezuelan citizens will have administrative facilities and technological tools that the Venezuelan state must offer to facilitate enrollment in the military registration, which Mendoza considers a public service.

“The registration is a public service aimed at updating the data of all Venezuelans of military age (from 18-60 years old),” said Mendoza.

The Venezuelan deputy pointed out that the military registration is compulsory, “but its civic activation is voluntary, since the Constitution eliminates forced recruitment.”

Mendoza added, “the obligation establishing that people had to enroll in the military registration to apply for a scholarship, a driver’s license or enrolling in a university was eliminated.”   

Additionally, Mendoza said that sanctions, including the payment of up to $180, were totally abolished.

On Monday, October 11, deputies of the Venezuelan National Assembly met with authorities responsible for the military conscription to present a specific reform proposal of the Military Conscription and Enlistment Law, established in the military registration.

AVN/Press Office – Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S./October 11, 2010

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