In Armenia, Women to Serve in the Military Voluntarily

Amendments were introduced as of June 2023

09/08/2023 - 21:34

Women aged 18 to 27 years have the right to apply for conscription into the military. The conscription age for both men and women in Armenia is the same. Military service for women will be carried out on a voluntary basis, with a service period of only 6 months, as reported by, citing the Ministry of Defense of Armenia.

Upon completion, they will receive a one-time payment of 1 million Armenian drams (approximately 1.16 million tenge). In the case of early demobilization due to health conditions, this amount will be divided into monthly payments. Furthermore, female servicemembers will receive a certain salary during their service.

Conscripted women will be assigned to military units without any lottery or the possibility of transferring to other units. Specifically for women, a separate barracks facility will be constructed within one of the training military units. It will accommodate a female company. Based on this company, a female battalion will be formed with the prospect of establishing a women's regiment. Command positions will also be appointed from among women. Women who have completed their mandatory service will be enlisted in the reserve and can be re-conscripted if necessary.


Regarding men, military service in Armenia is mandatory. The conscription age is from 18 to 27 years old, with a military service period of 2 years.

Refusal to perform military service is considered a crime and is punishable by imprisonment for up to 3 years.

The following categories of citizens are exempt from military service:

  • Deemed unfit for military service due to health conditions;

  • If, prior to acquiring citizenship of the Republic of Armenia, a citizen served in the armed forces of another state for at least 12 months, or underwent alternative service for at least 18 months;

  • Being the sole son in the family, where a parent, sibling, or sister died (or perished) in defense military operations of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia, or in other troops, or during service in military units of foreign states under military agreements located in the Republic of Armenia.

Citizens who have no grounds for exemption from military service are granted deferment from compulsory military service due to health conditions, family circumstances, or for targeted education.

Citizens of the Republic of Armenia aged 27 to 50, who are registered in the military reserve, may be called up for military service in the event of mobilisation.



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