State Defence Service

In July 5, 2022 the Ministry of Defence announced that it has started to work on the introduction of the State Defence Service and its gradual integration, which envisages that in 5 year's time a new system will be introduced in which citizens of Latvia - males from 18 to 27 years or age, will be able to choose one of four service types: State Defence Service, National Guard, Section Commander University Course or alternative services at Ministry of Interior, Health or Welfare.

Female population in this age group will be offered the same opportunities on voluntary basis.

In Phase 1 of the project, Ministry of Defence will target Latvian citizens aged 18-27 and offer them voluntary military training, which will become available as of January 2023. Next year enlistment will be carried out in two stages – in January and July. Ministry of Defence will develop recruitment procedures that will ensure transparent and fair conscription practices.

In its first year, State Defence Service will attract around 1,000 new soldiers (500 in each recruitment). Land Force Mechanised Infantry Brigade will take charge of training delivered by NAF. Service will include basic military training, military specialty course and six-month unit-level integration programme focused on specific tasks and general exercise.

A citizen of Latvia will be required to serve one year, which also includes one month of leave. New recruits will undergo three-month basic training and three-month specialty course, while remaining five months will be devoted to integration into units and collective training.

All recruits will be socially protected. According to plans, each new soldier will receive a monthly salary of up to 400 euros, free food and accommodation in army barracks.