Greek Military Obligations

Greek Military Obligations

DISCLAIMER: Nothing in this handout should be construed as the legal opinion of the Embassy.  For official and authoritative information, please consult the Greek recruiting authorities at

Greek males between the ages of 19 and 45 are required by Greek law to perform military service.  This applies to any individual whom the Greek authorities consider to be Greek, regardless of whether the individual considers himself Greek, has a foreign citizenship and passport, or was born or lives outside of Greece.  The U.S. Embassy cannot intercede with the Greek recruitment authorities.

If you are uncertain whether you have a pending Greek military obligation or are considered a draft evader, contact the Greek Diplomatic Mission in the area of your residence or the Greek military recruiting offices prior to your arrival in Greece.

Certain individuals may be exempt from military service, such as:

  • Individuals who have a permanent residence abroad for at least 11 consecutive years.
  • Individuals who resided abroad for living needs for at least seven consecutive years.

If you fall into one of the above categories, contact the Greek Consular Authorities or Armed Forces Department to inquire about a Certificate Permanent of Residence Abroad.  For more information, visit:

WARNING:  If you are under military-exempt status but overstay the permitted time in Greece, you may not be permitted to depart Greece until you fulfill the military service requirement.  The U.S. Embassy cannot intervene.

Recognition of Active Duty Service in regular armed forces of allied countries

If you completed a minimum of three months of active duty service in regular units of the armed forces of any country allied to Greece, including the United States, the Greek authorities may credit your service on a month-by-month basis against the mandatory active duty.  For current information please contact the Greek Diplomatic Missions in the United States or visit