Austrian Federal Military
Conscription & enlistment
Conscription (Sec. 10 National Defense Act)
All male Austrian citizens aged 18 to 50 are subject to compulsory military service in Austria. For some special functions and officials the conscription ends with 65 years. Under the age of 35, one must complete the basic recruit training. For Officers, Under-Officers and certain specialized workers, the conscription ends at the age of 65.
Enlistment & registration (Sec. 18 et Sec. in conjunction with Sec. 11 (4) and Sec. 11 National Defense Act)
All male Austrian citizens liable to military service have to enlist and muster for medical examination within one year after attaining their 17th birthday. When living permanently abroad, they have to register with the provincial military command in charge and the relevant Austrian Embassy or Consulate General immediately after having attained their 17th birthday.
Please fill out the notification form (see below) and send it to your next Austrian Consulate or Embassy in charge .
No official medical examination can be conducted abroad. If an Austrian citizen intends to move back to Austria independently if for good or for an ascertained period of time, he must report himself to the next provincial military command within three weeks of establishing residency in Austria.
Basic military service (Sec 20 National Defense Act)
One must complete compulsory basic recruit training for at least six months before the age of 35. As long as there are no military necessities opposed to it, this has to be within six months after the Austrian citizen liable to military service becomes available. The compulsory basic recruit training lasts for six months.
Alternative Service (Sec 1 Civil Service Act 1986)
Under the National Defense Act 2001, the capable conscript can declare (Declaration of Civil Service),
1. that he is incapable of completing the compulsory military service as he – besides cases of self-defense or aid – refuses the use of force of arms for conscientious reasons, therefore would not be able to perform his duty as soldier accurately,
2. and therefore wishes to render the civil service.
If there is no military service to be taken credit for, the duly civil service lasts nine months and can only be rendered as mandatory service on the territory of the Republic of Austria. There is also the possibility of rendering a Foreign service (twelve months) or a Development Aid Service (two years) as alternative to the duly civil service.