Voluntary military service for women
Are you interested in military service? You may apply to the voluntary military service for women if you are a Finnish citizen, 18-29 years old, and your state of health and other personal characteristics are suitable for undertaking military training. You may complete the service in all units and tasks available in the Finnish Defence Forces. Please consider that you need to have completed the military service by the end of the year when you turn thirty. This applies to both men and women.
Women may undertake the voluntary military service in all the services and branches. The requirements for the women’s voluntary military service include Finnish citizenship, 18-29 years of age at the service start and a state of health and personal suitability for military service.
Everyone starts from the same line
The training contents and requirements for women’s voluntary military service are identical with those set for men. Both women and men have equal opportunities to qualify for leadership training and for a prospective military career. The quotas for service tasks are free from gender bias and rather dependent on the set requirements and suitability. Women start their service conterminously with men. Further information on conscript training can be accessed online
Having completed the voluntary military service, the women remain part of the Finnish Defence Forces’ reserve and may receive orders to attend refresher training exercises on the same grounds as their male counterparts. Following 30 days of service the women will remain subject to the Conscription Act until the end of the year in which they turn 60. Read more about the refresher training exercises.)
This is how you apply for the service
1. Fill in and then print out the advance questionnaire for examining an applicant’s state of health
Please register by signing on to the Finnish Defence Forces’ E-service and fill out the questionnaire "Advance questionnaire for examining an applicant’s state of health". Please take a print-out of the form that you filled out and schedule an appointment for a medical check by a medical practitioner for determining fitness for service.
2. Have your medical examination completed
Please bring a print-out of the filled out “Advance questionnaire for examining an applicant’s health” to the medical check appointment that you booked. At the medical check, you will receive a medical statement that you need to annex to your application. You can request reimbursement for the medical check costs from the Finnish Defence Forces. For this purpose, please remember to ask a receipt or proof of payment while at the health centre!
3. Fill out and submit the application to voluntary military service for women
Once you have received the medical statement, please sign on to the Finnish Defence Forces’ E-service. Fill out the application to voluntary military service for women and annex to this application also the medical statement that you received as well as proof of payment for cost reimbursement. In some cases, the medical practitioner who conducted the health check may forward the medical statement to the Regional Office.
4. Submit your application by 15 January
5. In case you apply for special forces, please see here for application instructions
You may also submit your application in a print-out version and send the application with its attached documents by post to your own Regional Office. You can access the advance questionnaire for examining an applicant’s state of health here.
Based your application, you will be invited to attend the selection event
The selection event will provide you information on the voluntary military service, you will be interviewed and your state of health will be checked. Your Regional Office will organise the selection event during the course of April.
The selection criteria include accounting for the person’s state of health and personal qualities. In addition, those qualifying must be deemed suitable for undertaking military training to become (a) part of the Finnish Defence Forces reserve.
Prepare for the service
In case you become selected, you will be given an order to enter service in the selection event, or alternatively, this order will be sent to you in the post following the selection event. This order will clarify when and in which brigade-level unit you are to start the service. This order to enter service also doubles as your travel ticket, so please look after it with care.
Before entry into service, it pays off to increase physical fitness and tend to matters relating both to one’s health and finances.
In case you have second thoughts
As ordered to enter service, you must report, in writing (by email or in the form of a letter in the post), before your service is due to begin that you will refrain from starting the service. Once your service has begun, you may give notice within 30 days that you will discontinue your service. Following this time period, you have become liable for military service.
Within this 30-day time frame, the commander of a brigade-level unit can also revoke the order to enter service on the grounds of an injury, illness, evident unsuitability or other similar reason.