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Defence ministry develops system to monitor those avoiding reservist military service

The defence ministry on Tuesday said it has developed a monitoring system to help locate and summon noncompliant reservists to serve their mandatory service.

The system allows the police to track down individuals who must report for duty, and then print and serve a summons.

The notices will be served to reservists at police stations.

The system is already in operation and military authorities are now looking to upgrade it so it can also check people entering and exiting the Republic in the near future.

Noncompliant reservists must report for duty by April 30, 2021.

The announcement concerns those who failed to report for reservist duty between 1989 to 2019 (born from 1971 to 2001) and those whose reasons for the temporary suspension of their service were no longer valid.

Those who do not have in their possession a summons for the year 2021 or have not updated the document asking them to report for duty, should also appear by April 30, the ministry added.

When they arrive at the recruitment departments, they must also have their identity card or passport or any other official document of the Republic, and the summons. In case of change of residence, they must bring proof of their new address (utility bill).

Excluded are those reservists who have been discharged.

Those who fail to comply by the end of April could face a fine of up to €2,000 and or up to one year in prison.

Considering the epidemiological situation due to the coronavirus pandemic, the defence ministry has extended the postponement of reservist service in the National Guard until February 28.

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