Questions concerning the liability for military service?
The Regional Office will provide answers to a selection of frequently asked questions as listed below. The Regional Offices serve those liable for military service. The following list features the most frequently asked questions with answers provided by the Regional Office. In case this selection of answers fails to help you, please look up the information available online at varusmies.fi/en, and when applicable, contact your own Regional Office.
Before the Military Service
The call-up event is organised in order to have your identification information inspected and state of health examined as well as hear your own wishes concerning undertaking the military service. In addition, during the call-ups, decisions will be made on your fitness for service and the starting date and location of your conscript service. You will also receive information on the obligation to defend the country.
Prior to the call-ups, you will receive the Conscript Guide by post together with questionnaire forms and a call-up notice. Before the call-up event, you need to attend the preliminary medical examinations for persons liable for military service.
It pays off to prepare for the call-ups in advance by thinking about what exactly it is that you want from the military service. This involves giving it a though how you could utilise your own competence developed in the civilian life, and how the military service could be optimally beneficial to you as well. Please let the Call-Up Board know about your wishes concerning your military service.
Without any delay, please contact your own Regional Office and agree on a new call-up day. You can look up the contact information of your own Regional Office here.
According to Section 16 of the Conscription Act (1438/2007), a person liable for military service must attend the call-up event in person. However, you may change the date of the call up by agreeing on this in advance with your own Regional Office.
Please contact both your own Regional Office and the Regional Office of your studying locality – it is possible to change the set call-up location. You may check the Regional Office of your place of residence and studying locality here.
Please draft a free-form application for being exempted from the call-up presence liability and send this application by post addressed to your own Regional Office.
Please send also a medical certificate of your son’s state of health by post addressed to your own Regional Office.
No, you don’t, as your call-up affairs will be dealt with in the call-ups on the basis of the call-up documentation that you have sent in advance by post addressed to the Regional Office.
Please fill out the questionnaire concerning military service and for the evaluation of your state of health, Application for changing date of entry into service/service location (form nr 7550-448-8728) available here as well as a certificate on studies as applicable.
In case you sustain a disease or an injury that will affect undertaking the military service, please include a medical certificate as documentation. (Note! The medical certificate must be on the FDF form (Medical examination form, nr 7550-448-8370) available here at puolustusvoimat.fi/en/forms.
Without any delay, please contact your own Regional Office in order to settle this matter. Be prepared to visit the customer service point of the Regional Office in person and have on your civilian ID card.
Please get a medical certificate and submit it to your own Regional Office for the purpose of inspecting your fitness for service class. This medical certificate must comprise a medical practitioner’s statement on your fitness for service class as well as on your ability to complete the service. (NB.! The medical certificate must be on the FDF form (Medical examination form, form nr 7550-448-8370) available online here.
Send by the medical certificate by post addressed to your own Regional Office. After receiving the medical certificate, the Regional Office will then order you to attend an examination for determining your fitness for military service as organised by the Regional Office.
You must attend the call-ups in person, unless the Regional Office has exempted you from call-up participation liability. This liability for call-up participation is in accordance with the Section 16 of the Conscription Act (1438/2007).
Please fill out the application form for applying for the voluntary military service for women, Hakemus naisten vapaaehtoiseen asepalvelukseen (in Finnish, form nr 7550-428-0311). You can access this application form online at puolustusvoimat.fi/asiointi/lomakkeet.
You must include in the application a medical certificate on fitness for military service. (NB.! The medical certificate must be on the FDF form (Medical examination form, form nr 7550-448-8370) available here (in Finnish) at puolustusvoimat.fi/asiointi/lomakkeet.
Additional information on the voluntary military service for women can be accessed here.
You should apply for changing the service starting date in the Regional Office.
Please fill out the application form for changing the service starting date/service location, Application for changing date of entry into service/service location (form nr 7550-448-8728) by specifying the grounds for submitting this application. You can access the application form online at puolustusvoimat.fi/en/forms.
You must include in the application a certificate on studies that dates back no more than three months in maximum. If you are only about to begin your studies at this point, include a letter of approval by an educational institution.
Before the service start proper, you will be asked to fill out a recruit questionnaire that allows you to voice your wishes regarding your service task of choice and the type of training that particularly interests you. Selections for some of the service tasks, such as military driver training, will take place towards the end of the recruit basic training period. If interested in special tasks available in, for instance, the communications and media branch, you can apply for these special tasks at the end of the basic training period. Please familiarise yourself with the service tasks online at varusmies.fi/en/service-titles.
Please send a less than three-month-old medical certificate to your own Regional Office. This medical certificate must comprise a medical practitioner’s statement concerning the start of the conscript service as well as a diagnosis. You remain responsible for covering the expenses relating to the certificate.
No restrictions apply. Feel free to travel abroad!
Please fill out the amendment application form for changing the service starting date and/or service location, Application for changing date of entry into service/service location (form nr 7550-448-8728). Fill out the application form carefully and state in your own words the need for this change. You can access the application form here.
Please send your substantiated amendment application for changing the service starting date and/or service location by post addressed to your own Regional Office.
Before starting the military service, it really pays off to start getting fit. You can test your present fitness level online at MarsMars.fi. This program provides you with an upwards advancing training programme. In fact, the three-month-long bespoke fitness programme has been tailored for prospective conscripts to take before they enter the garrison premises.
The Finnish Defence Forces will primarily approve recently issued medical certificates on the specific FDF form, Medical examination form (form nr 7550-448-8370), available for the purpose available online here. The medical certificate must be on the FDF form for the health inspections concerning the call-ups as well as the voluntary military service for women.
When you have applied for non-military (civilian) service but realise that you do not want to complete the liability for military service in the form of a non-military service, you may apply for a transfer back to conscript service. Prior to starting the non-military service, you may reapply once back to military service. The Civilian Service Centre will approve the application if you state in your application that your conviction no longer prevents you from undertaking the service in accordance with the Conscription Act. Please note that you may not file this application once you have started your non-military service, or following the year during which you have turned 28. Additional information available by the Civilian Service Centre can be accessed online here.
Varusmiespalvelus kestää koulutuksesta riippuen 165, 255 tai 347 päivää.
Miehistön tehtäviin koulutettavilla palvelusaika on 165 päivää ja miehistön erityistaitoa vaativiin tehtäviin koulutettavilla sekä aseetonta palvelusta suorittavilla 255 päivää. Upseereiksi, aliupseereiksi ja miehistön vaativimpiin erityistehtäviin koulutettavat palvelevat 347 päivää.
You will get this certificate at your own Regional Office. Alternatively, you may also receive this certificate submitted to you as an email attachment by sending a request via email to your own Regional Office. You can look up the contact information of your own Regional Office.
The procedures for selecting individuals for future training in versatile service tasks will take place already during the basic training period. Therefore it is advisable that you from the very beginning do your best and show that you remain motivated. A good attitude will take you a long way. Additional information on the varying service tasks available in your own brigade-level unit can be accessed online at varusmies.fi/palvelustehtavat-ja-paikat. Become also familiar with the FDF’s special operations forces and demanding tasks online at the sites of the given units.
Before to the call-ups and prior to entering service, think about how you could utilise the competence, knowledge and skills that you have accumulated in the civilian life. It is also worth considering which type of training would be most beneficial for you also after the conscript period.
You may undertake the military service by, for instance, serving in the Finnish Defence Forces’ special operations forces or in special tasks. While serving in the FDF’s special operations forces, you get to challenge yourself in demanding training that presupposes that you separately apply for this training. As for special tasks, you get to utilise the competence and training that you have already accumulated in the civilian life.
Jos vakaumuksesi estää sinua suorittamasta asevelvollisuuttasi aseellisessa palveluksessa, voit hakea aseettomaan palvelukseen. Aseetonta palvelusta suorittavana et osallistu asekoulutukseen, muuten palveluksesi on samanlainen kuin aseellisessa palveluksessa olevalla. Lisätietoa aseettomasta palveluksesta löytyy tästä.
Please fill out the application form for non-military service accessible online at suomi.fi here.
Mikäli este on lyhytaikainen, sinun kannattaa ensisijaisesti hakea lomaa harjoituksesta. Mikäli este on pidempikestoinen, sinun tulee hakea harjoituksesta vapauttamista.
Toimita lääkärinlausunto terveydentilastasi aluetoimistoon. Lausunnosta tulee ilmetä lääkärin kannanotto palveluskelpoisuuteesi ja diagnoosi. Vastaat itse lääkärinlausunnon kuluista.
Ole yhteydessä omaan aluetoimistoosi tai käy aluetoimiston asiakaspalvelupisteessä.
Puolustusvoimat järjestää kertausharjoituksia sodan ajan joukkojen valmiuden ja suorituskyvyn lisäämiseksi. Mahdollisuuteen osallistua kertausharjoituksiin ei voi siis itse vaikuttaa. Mikäli olet kiinnostunut kehittämään sotilaallisia taitojasi, tutustu Maanpuolustuskoulutusyhdistyksen koulutuskalenteriin osoitteessa mpk.fi.
Saat tiedon käymällä aluetoimiston asiakaspalvelussa ja esittämällä henkilötodistuksesi.
Ylentäminen edellyttää pääsääntöisesti asevelvollisen sijoittamista tiettyä sotilasarvoa vastaavaan Puolustusvoimien sodan ajan tehtävään tai että hänet on varattu poikkeusolojen muuhun vaativaan tehtävään (lisätietoja henkilövarauksesta). Edellisestä ylennyksestä tulee olla kulunut vähintään neljä–viisi vuotta. Upseeriylennyksissä ylennysten välinen aika pitenee – mitä korkeammasta sotilasarvosta on kyse.
Sotilaspasseja ei uusita. Ota yhteys omaan aluetoimistoosi ja pyydä palvelustodistus.