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Obligatory military service has been suspended since 1st January 2005. Italian citizens living abroad who were born after 31st December 1985, do not have to regularise their status with the military at the Consular Representations.

The military duty service is suspended, not suppressed. Therefore, municipalities and the Diplomatic or Consular Authorities abroad continue to create and update the old military lists.

Italian citizens who intend to repatriate in order to perform voluntary military service are not eligible for the benefits, which are enlisted in previous repatriation procedures at the expense of the Treasury, for the sole purpose of obligatory military service.

Even if the obligatory military service has been suspended, those who are prosecuted for the crime of renitenza (they did not respond to the call to the army) will not be discharged from their crime and will not benefit from the effects of the automatic cancellation of the renitenza crime. Moreover, they will not be deleted from the general list of renitent people. Therefore, renitent Italian citizens residing in the Republic of Ireland may come to this Embassy to regularise their status with the military.

For further information refer to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs