Comprehensive Guide to Military Enlistment in Brazil

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What is it?

Military enlistment in Brazil is a mandatory service for male citizens aged 18 and above. The conscription process requires young men to register, ensuring their eligibility for military service. If they are not selected for active duty, they are still categorized as reservists, which requires them to participate in occasional training and other military-related activities.

Who needs it?

This service is essential for Brazilian male citizens turning 18, dual citizens residing in Brazil, and individuals born abroad to Brazilian parents but wish to reside in Brazil. It is especially important for those planning to pursue public sector jobs or higher education, as proof of military service compliance is often required.


  1. Register Online: Visit the official military enlistment website ( ) to create an account and register.
  2. Fill Out Forms: Complete the necessary forms with accurate personal information.
  3. Document Submission: Submit the required documents either online or at a designated military board.
  4. Attend Evaluation: Follow the instructions to attend a physical and psychological evaluation.
  5. Await Selection: Wait for the selection results, where you will be informed if you are chosen for active duty or the reserve force.
  6. Receive Certificate: If not selected for active duty, obtain your military service certificate (Certificado de Dispensa de Incorporação).

Required documents

  • ID Card (RG): Obtain your RG from a local Secretaria da Segurança Pública.
  • CPF: Necessary for the registration which can be obtained online through Receita Federal or at postal offices.
  • Birth Certificate: A certified copy is needed, available from local civil registry offices.
  • Proof of Residency: Utility bills or a residency declaration indicating current address.
  • School Certificate: Latest educational qualification, obtainable from your educational institution.

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Additional details

  • Enlistment is mandatory for men turning 18; failure to comply can result in legal troubles.
  • Dual citizens residing outside Brazil can postpone their enlistment but must register if they return to live in the country.
  • Those with health issues may be exempted but need to undergo medical evaluation.
  • For those who do not wish to serve, alternative services may be available under certain circumstances.
  • It’s important to keep proof of registration and exemption certificates safe as they are often required for employment and higher education.


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