Austrian Military Service

Important! Please schedule an appointment before coming to the embassy.

1) Military Service (Section 10 of the National Defense Act):

All male Austrian citizens between the ages of 17 and 51 are subject to compulsory military service. All males under the age of 35 must complete a basic military service program of six months' duration.

2) Registration (Section 18 of the National Defense Act):

All male Austrian citizens who live abroad as permanent residents must register with the Austrian Embassy or Consulate immediately after reaching their 17th birthday. Please fill in the notification form (see below) and send it to the Consulate.

Notification Form: Austrian Draft (form in German)

If an Austrian later decides to move to Austria, either indefinitely or for a long-term stay (e.g. one year study program), he must report to the provincial military command within three weeks of establishing residency in Austria.

3) Duty to report:

Austrian citizens subject to military service who intend to live abroad for more than six months must report to the provincial military command before leaving Austria. In addition, these Austrians must register with the Austrian Embassy or Consulate immediately upon arriving in the foreign country. When returning to Austria, you must report to the provincial military command within three weeks of re-establishing residency in Austria.

4) Additional information:

is available (in German only) on the website of the Austrian Military.


Embassy of Austria
Consular Section
3524 International Court, NW
Washington, D.C., 20008


Consulate Office Hours:
Monday through Friday,10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(except on Austrian and U.S. holidays )

E-mail: consularsection[at]austria.org