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 I would like to study in Switzerland. What would happen in terms of military service?

In Switzerland, all men are obliged to carry out military service before the end of the year in which they turn 30 years of age or 34 years of age if they had already completed military training school before leaving Switzerland. Upon your return to Switzerland, you will therefore be called upon to fulfil your military obligations based on your age and level of suitability. Swiss citizens can be recruited until the end of the year in which they turn 25 years of age. They will then be asked to attend military training school before the end of the year during which they turn 26 years of age. An exception exists for men who have already carried out military service in Switzerland, who have been granted military leave to go abroad or who have not been in the country for an uninterrupted period of over six years and are no longer needed by the army. Citizens not recruited owing to their age do not have to complete military training school but have to pay military service exemption tax. Swiss citizens abroad who wish to stay in Switzerland for a period of over three months have to notify the relevant cantonal district command within 14 days of their arrival.

If you hold dual nationality and have already carried out military service or alternative civilian service or have made an exemption payment in your country of origin, you no longer have to carry out military service in Switzerland. However, this does not release you from the obligation to provide notification of your arrival to the district command, and you may have to pay the military service exemption tax. If you have carried out military service or alternative civilian service in Germany, Austria, France or Italy, you will be exempt from paying the military service exemption tax owing to agreements that Switzerland has concluded with these countries.

You can also voluntarily decide to attend military training school in Switzerland as a Swiss citizen abroad. Requests in such cases should be addressed to:

Führungsstab der Armee, Personelles der Armee (FGG 1), Steuerung und Vorgaben, Rodtmattstr. 110, 3003 Bern

Tel. +41 58 464 20 63, Fax +41 58 464 32 70, Email: personelles.FSTA@vtg.admin.ch, Website: www.vtg.admin.ch

Comments (2)
  1. Kummli Doris Kummli Doris at 23.11.2016
    NEU
    Frage : Was kann/muss man neu ab 1. Januar 2017 tun?
    Die Postfinance verlangt ab 01/01/017 für CH-Bürger im Ausland wohnend 25 Franken pro Monat und Privatkonto Gebühren !!! Ich lebe von der kleinen AHV, wohne im Elsass und die AHV kommt von Genf monatlich auf mein Postkonto, von dem aus ich auch meine Einzahlungen mache.Rechnungen, Krankenkasse etc. Auf dem gebührenfreien Sparkonto NEU verlangt die Post nun auch 8 Franken pro Bewegung !!!dh. ca 12x8 Frenken für AHV,12x8 für Einzahlungen Krankenkasse, 12x8 für sonstige Rechnungen etc. Hunderte von Franken Gebühren pro Jahr, Riesensummen für eine Rentnerin ohne andere Einkommen !!!!
    Was kann ich tun? Welche Möglichkeit gibt es?
    1. Sara W. Sara W. at 24.11.2016
      Hallo Frau Kummli,
      ich habe dasselbe Problem gehabt, bei mir wollten sie letztes Jahr bereits 250.- Fr Kontoführungsgebühren pro Jahr erheben. Ich bin Studentin, studiere in Deutschland und kann mir solche Gbühren nicht leisten. Die Gemeinheit ist vor allem, dass Leute mit einem Vermögen ab 25 000 auf dem besagten Konto keine Gebühren mehr bezahlen müssen.

      Ich habe deshalb eine Adresse bei der Postfinance hinterlegt, die in der Schweiz ist und alles auf E-Bill umgestellt (also alle Kreditkartenrechnungen und Kontoauszüge laufen über das Online Banking). Dadurch wird an diese Schweizer Adresse lediglich 1-2 Mal im Jahr etwas verschickt, was ich bei einem Besuch abholen kann. Vielleicht können Sie sich diese Lösung auch einrichten.
      Viel Erfolg!

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