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From The Military Service Organization, Laws and Training 

To: all Gendarmerie regiments, task areas, second grade, Tehran task area, Quadruple areas and departmental organizations

Subject: Military Service of Baha’i draftees


Directive number: 402/02/93/78P, 18 Ordibehesht 1359 [8 May 1980] of the Ministry of Defence, noting that the rationale for national compulsory military service is distinct from that of employment in the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic.  Accordingly, Baha’is who have been drafted are not subject to the [section of] the Employment Act [which prohibits employment of] those who are not adherents of one of the officially recognized religions (Islam, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, and Christianity).   [Baha’is] can therefore serve [in the military forces] and will be subject to the same army regulations as other conscripted.

Head of the Department of Conscription - Brigadier General Zarrinfar