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Military service in the National Guard of the Republic of Cyprus is mandatory for males born of a Cypriot father, members of the Greek Cypriot community. Its duration is 25 months.[1] Until 2007, conscription was optional for members of the three religious groups, i.e. Armenians, Roman Catholics (the Latins), and Maronites.[2] Members of the Turkish Cypriot community are not conscripted into the National Guard. The obligatory service is usually 25 months, however it can be reduced accordingly, up to 6 months.

All male visitors to the island of military age (16 and over) who have a father of Cypriot extraction are required to obtain an exit visa from a Defence Ministry office.

  1. http://www.mod.gov.cy/mod/mod.nsf/dmlservice_en/dmlservice_en?OpenDocument
  2. http://www.mod.gov.cy/mod/mod.nsf/All/B0EAEC722F159FB9C22576000026AFB4?OpenDocument

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