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Exemption from non-military service for health reasons

  • Service
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

In peacetime, you can request a temporary or a complete exemption from your non-military service for health reasons.

A temporary exemption can be a maximum of 3 years at a time. If you are ordered to re-examination and you have reached the age of 25, and you are deemed not fit for service, you can be exempted from service in peacetime.

Do the following

To request an exemption, fill in the form “Request for an exemption/Health reasons/temporary or peacetime exemption (persons liable for non-military service)” on the website of the Civilian Service Centre. Attach a medical statement B about your current physical condition presenting the comments of the doctor about your service.

If relevant information is lacking from the medical statement, such as a diagnosis of the disease, or if the doctor has not commented on the length of the temporary status or exemption, the Civilian Service Centre will issue a statement to be reviewed by the doctor of the Centre or request you to provide a more specific statement about your physical condition.

The Civilian Service Centre will process the application in 2 to 3 weeks and send you its decision.

To whom and on what terms

The medical statement must not be older than 3 months.

If you request an exemption during the service period, the service will continue until the Civilian Service Centre has issued a written decision about the termination of the service.

The service is free of charge.

Basic information

The service is provided byCentre for Non-Military Service
Responsible for the serviceCentre for Non-Military Service
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: Centre for Non-Military Service
Updated: 5/20/2020