2 Flag Service Camps
Law number 665 issued in 4 February 2005
Clause number 1
Contrary to any other stipulation, the military service provided for in the decree law number 102 issued in 16/9/1983 is to be conclusively invalidated in two years after the publication of this law in the official newspaper. ( Law number 665 issued in 4 February 2005 )
The flag service is serving and protecting the country.
History Of The First Flag Service Center
- The first flag service center (Al-Warwar) was founded on Feb 1st, 1993, according to memo No 367 Dated 8/1/1993 and had summoned the first promotion of conscripts on August 2nd 1993 to proceed the military training Basic-Course, there after they will be assigned to different army units to continue their specific military training course.
- Until March 23rd, 2000 many promotions of conscript NCO's, and conscripts had accomplished their basic course in the FFSC.
- Since April 3rd, 2000 the new promotions of conscripts began to carry on their basic and specific courses in the FFSC exept NCO's, conscripts having certain certificates and conscripts with logistic service, they were excluded from doing the specific military courses.
The FFSC Mission
- Preparing the conscripts as soldiers to serve in the Lebanese Armed Forces that by commanding discipline and order in their attitudes, developing their physical fitness, training them to acquire military skills, using weapon in different combat situations in order to carry on their missions either individually or in a team work; similar to their enlisted companions.
- Raising the conscripts patriotically in order to fuse them, and develop their bravery, and strengthening their trust in the state and its institutions.
- Establishing the moral values, human rights and obligations in the conscripts, and qualifying them to be virtuous citizens.
- Adapting a unified social attitude towards the community to which they belong.
- To make their patriotism dominate over their sectarianism, religious discrimination and political affiliations.
- To develop and sharpen their intellect, senses and concentration thus immuning them from corruption and collapse.
- To implant national pride and love by introducing them to Lebanon's Arab and International role throughout history.
- To introduce them to the correct concept of the nation and the basis of democratic life and the importance of respecting public freedom.
- To unite the idea of national bond within the rights of military institutions.
- To make them realize that they are guardians of social, environmental and security issues.
- To make them aware that the flag service is not forced but is a necessary national contribution in protecting and developing their country.
- To let the conscripts know that upon completion of their service they become preachers carrying a sacred message to spread throughout their community.
The FFSC Insignia
The FFSC insignia contains symbols of high patriotic values represented by:
- A soldier hand and a citizen hand raising the Lebanese flag symbolizing the cooperation between them thus bonding the army and the people.
- A laurel and spike of wheat surrounding the flag, the laurel symbolizing victory and the wheat symbolizes prosperity and blessings.
In conclusion the insignia represents the unity between the army and the people embodied by the flag service through strengthening the national bond between the country's youth, thus fortifying the country from corruption and collapse and maintaining the independence.
Who Are The Conscripts?
- The conscripts are the samples of the Lebanese youth that reflect the structure of society in all its diversity by which it gathers the various social classes, various religious doctrines, various educational levels, various political tendencies and various social slices from around the country.
- Every Lebanese male submits compulsory to the flag service starting from the age of eighteen till the age of thirty years old as a maximum.
- Drafting conscripts occurs through a separation process organized by the mobilization department according to the date of birth.
Cases Of Exemption And Delay From The Flag Service
- Definitive Exemption:
- A soldier who has completed two years of service
- The brothers of a martyr who died serving in principal institutions
- A sole child
- Active men of religion
- People with chronic diseases or handicaps
- Those who delayed for three consecutive years because of specific medical reasons
- People serving a jail sentence for five years or more
- Those who where striped from there civil rights by a court of law
- Those who have been born in 1972 or before
- Prisoners of Israeli detention camps for at least 3 months
- Children or brothers of martyrs that died fighting for the resistance against the Israeli occupation
- Children or brothers of fire department or civil defense martyr who perished on duty
- Every Lebanese living abroad for at least 5 consecutive years
- Temporary exemption:
- The minister or deputy until the end of his appointment
- Living abroad for less than 5 years until his return
- Brothers of a conscript until the end of his service
- Those who serve less than a five year jail sentence
- Those who are detained while undergoing investigation
- Delaying for one year:
- Students studying with a maximum age of 20 years old for Baccalaureate part 2, 25 years old for Bachelors Degree, 29 years old for Doctorates Degree.
- Those with proof of undergoing temporary medical treatment.
- The sole supporter of his family parents, brothers, etc…
- Denial of exemption or delay:
The exemption or delay permission expires when the conditions for them no longer apply.
Classification Of Conscripts
Conscripts are classified with the following status: Conscript Lieutenant, Conscript Adjutant, Conscript Sergeant, Conscript according to the educational level of each one.
- Lieutenant rank is for the following conscripts: Doctors, Pharmacists, Engineers, and the holders of a doctorate diploma. Lieutenant conscript submits to the Military Academy to achieve their basic military training.
- Adjutant rank is for the conscripts holding a university degree.
- Sergeant rank is for the conscripts holding a technical distinctive diploma.
- Conscript rank is for the other cases.
The Organizational Chart Of The FFSC
The Flag service center consists of three main parts:
- Flag service center command
- Logistic and defense group
- Six training battalions
Flag service center command includes:
- The commander
- The assistant commander
- The staff:
- The personal section
- The security and orientation section
- The training section
- The equipment section
- The computer section
- The secretariat
- Command and service company
The logistic and defense group consists of:
- Transport and equipment company
- Supply company
- Defense company
- Conscripts are distributed through six training battalions each one consists of four training companies , and each company of (128 conscripts)
- The NCO's conscripts are emplaced into special training companies
- Private conscripts who have medical problems are emplaced Into two training logistic companies
The Facilities Of The FFSC
The center's capacity is approximately about (3072 conscripts).
- The structure of the center includes:
- The command building
- The staff building
- The buildings and equipment of the six Training Battalions:
The Battalion command building consists of:
- battalion commander office
- security officer office
- battalion NCO room
One building for every company composed of:
- Two large bedrooms contains 64 beds each
- An office for the company commander
- A room for company officers
- A room for the company N.C.O's
- A warehouse (weapons and equipment)
- A covered hall equipped with wooden seats for the theoretical training
- Toilets and showers
- The vital equipment for the camp
- A huge restaurant
- A kitchen and warehouse
- Warehouses for the equipment
- Two power generators
- The canteen
- The officers mess
- A pastry shop
- Two artesian wells, reservoirs and purifying station for drinking water
- A barber shop
- An ammunition warehouse
- Five playgrounds (handball- football- basketball- tennis- volleyball)
- Combat field ramble (500 m)
- A patio for the flag with three covered platforms
- An assembly training project containing:
- A wide lecture hall (1100 conscripts)
- Four training halls (125 conscripts in each one)
- Four offices
- A warehouse with an office
- The Medical Cell:
- An infirmary and a pharmacy supervised by three doctors ensuring the daily service, and one doctor covering the night service for emergency cases
- A dentist clinic with x-ray apparatus
- A classifying medical center attached with the military medicine
- The training equipment:
- A covered hall equipped with seats for every company
- A conference room equipped with a large screen, an overhead projector , a television and video recorder
- Training fields beside the center
Training In The FFSC Center
After a week of enlisting the conscripts, they submit to two training courses:
- The common Military Training Basic Course
- The Specific Course
The first course consists of 240 hours equivalent to 9 weeks and the training program composes of:
- Military rules and regulations
- Technical and tactical education
- Physical fitness
- Orientation and moral preparation
All these courses are organized in details according to a program determining hours of training taking into consideration the conscript rank.
The second course consists of 84 hours equivalent to three weeks
The infantry course composed of:
- Physical fitness
- Infantry weapons which are available in the Lebanese army and its tactics
- The military courses are taught by an officer in the company under the supervision of the battalion's commander
- Specialized officers teach the specialized military courses
- The civilian university professors teach the civil sciences
A typical training day
- wake up call at 4:30 (trumpet)
- preparation for physical training from 4:30 to 5:20
- physical training from 5:20 to 6:00
- preparation for breakfast in uniform from 6:00 to 6:30
- breakfast from 6:30 to 7:00
- morning assembly from 7:00 to 7:30
- anthems at the flag patio from 7:30 to 7:45
- report to the battalion commander at 7:45
- carrying out classes and training activities from 8:00 till 13:30
- lunch from 13:30 till 14:30
- rest period from 14:30 till 16:00
- continuation of classes and conferences in national education from 16:00 to 18:00
- rest period from 18:00 to 19:30
- dinner from 19:30 till 20:30
- nightly count from 20:30 till 21:00
- lights out at 22:00 (trumpet)
- The exams are determined according to the training program
- The examination committees are formed according to the number of courses
The flag center commander puts the evaluation program stated it by:
- Sport games between the different teams in battalions
- A competition in the military subjects between companies to determine the best company and rank
- A drill competition to determine the best battalion
The Achieved Results
- A soldier able to contribute in:
- Military missions
- Peace-keeping missions
- - A citizen who:
- Knows his rights and obligations
- Applies the laws
- Feels adherent to homeland
- Practices how to deal as team
- Contributes in the nation's growth and increasing its institutes capabilities
- A young man qualified with high patriotism able to adhere with his companions in their society as a responsible, and to work for a unified goal and common cause.