Morocco: Over 133,000 people applied to join military service
The restoration of military service in Morocco was met with success as 133,820 young people, including 13,614 women, voluntarily registered their names in the census lists.
Girls made up 10.7% of total applicants according to a statement of the interior ministry which said that the list of the beneficiaries will be determined by local authorities.
In view of the high demand on military service, King Mohammed VI, the supreme leader of the Moroccan army, ordered that the number of beneficiaries be raised from 10,000 to 15,000.
In an order of the Day on the anniversary of the creation of the Royal Armed Forces, King Mohammed VI highlighted the significance of the reinstatement of the military service notably in terms of instilling the values of patriotism among the youth.
The military service is also designed to offer the youth professional training so that they can better contribute to the development of their society while being proud of their attachment to the Moroccan nation, said the king.
Morocco decided to restore military service last summer for young people aged between 19 and 25 years for 12 months.