This page contains
general information about Greek laws and regulations concerning conscription,
military obligations, and related privileges of interest to American men of
Greek males between the ages of 20 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 or not the
individual considers himself Greek, has a foreign citizenship and passport, or
was born or lives outside of Greece. The US Embassy cannot intercede with the
Greek recruitment authorities on behalf of individuals in Greece who are
Generally, obligatory non-voluntary military service
in Greece will not affect US citizenship. Specific questions on this subject
should be addressed to the citizenship section of the US Embassy in Athens.
Please note, only the Greek recruiting authorities have the right
to decide, on a case-by-case basis, the eligibility of an individual to settle
his military obligations in a method other than the full military service. (As
of January 2003, the Ministry of National Defense has set the military service
to 12 months for the Army, 15 months for the Navy and 14 months for the Air
The American Embassy in Athens recommends that before traveling
to Greece, American men of Greek extraction, who may or may not have pending
military obligations, discuss their case with the Greek Consulate in the area of
their residence. They may also apply through relatives in Greece to the
appropriate recruiting office (Stratologiko Grafeio) or directly to the Greek
military recruiting offices website, www.stratologia.gr. Another useful
website is, www.mod.gr for the Greek
Ministry of Defense.
The following two categories of men enjoy certain
privileges under Greek Draft Law relating to entry, stay and departure from
Greece and length of military service.
Permanent Residents of
Abroad (MONIMOI KATIKOI EXOTERIKOU): Persons who were born or
established residence abroad before January 1st of the year of their 10th
birthday. Permanent residents of abroad may remain in Greece, without incurring
any military obligations for a cumulative period of SIX MONTHS within the same
calendar year, only if they are registered as “permanent residents of abroad”
(monimos katoikos exoterikou) with the appropriate recruiting office, and are in
possession of a certificate confirming their status (pistopoiitiko monimou
katoikou exoterikou) issued by the Greek consulate having jurisdiction over
their foreign residence. The above certificate is valid for six months from the
date of issuance.
Emigrants (METANASTES): Persons who
acquired the status of the emigrant before August 31, 1997. Emigrants are
treated as permanent residents of abroad. They should also be registered as
emigrants with the appropriate recruiting office when traveling to Greece. It is
recommended that they carry verification documents from the recruiting office or
the Greek consulate proving their status.
WARNING: A stay in
Greece longer than allowed for military-exempt status will result in military
obligations and inability to leave Greece until these obligations are
Special arrangements for persons classified as
DRAFT EVADERS Detailed information concerning settlement of military
obligations for draft evaders can be obtained from the nearest Greek Diplomatic
or Consular authority or the appropriate recruiting authority in Greece.
As of 7/04 the Greek law for military obligations provides that draft evaders
may travel and stay in Greece for a maximum of thirty days (in total or
partially) within the same calendar year.
The American Embassy in Athens strongly suggests that persons
classified as draft evaders, should first check with the nearest Greek Consulate
or appropriate recruiting authority in Greece before traveling to Greece.
Recognition of Active Duty Service in regular
armed forces of allied countries
Upon application, individuals
who have 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, can have such service credited on a
month-by-month basis against the mandatory active duty. The remaining period of
time can be settled financially at the rate prescribed by the Greek Draft Law at
the time of settlement. The application should be done with the respective
recruiting office (Stratologiko Grafeio).
required for Service Credit in the United States Armed Forces:
The original of the U.S. Department of Defense Form DD-214 "Report of Transfer,
Discharge, or Certification" (blocks 1 through 30), issued by the appropriate
military agency in the United States, accompanied by an official Greek
translation, showing the active service performed in regular units of the United
States armed forces and the date of enlistment and discharge. A photocopy of the
above documents will be accepted in lieu of the original, if certified by a
Greek Consular Office abroad, an attorney or licensed translator in Greece, or
by the Translation Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens.
A Statement of Responsibility (Ypefthinos Dhelosis) executed by the applicant
before any administrative, military, municipal, communal or consular official of
the Greek state, who will certify the authenticity of the applicant's signature.
The statement must contain the individual's personal and conscription data,
i.e., his Greek name in full, the names of his parents, his birth data, the name
of the city or community where he is registered in the Records of Males (Mitroa
Arrenon), the place of his residence, his exact address abroad, and a history of
his United States military service (including the names of the units in which he
served, the length of service in each, the places where he was stationed, and
any promotions and awards received).
- A statement issued by the mayor
of the Greek town or by the President of the Community where the applicant is
registered in the Records of Males, and countersigned by the parish priest of
the community, certifying that the person whose name appears on the Greek
translation of the American military document, and who has served in the United
States armed forces as stated in the translation of the American military
document, is one and the same person as the individual registered in the Records
of Males of that town or community.
The documents described above,
together with the individual's application for credit of service in the United
States armed forces, should be submitted to the recruiting office where the
person is registered. (If he is not already registered, he must do so.)