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In civil service, recognised conscientious objectors perform tasks that serve the common good primarily in the social field.

Civilian service usually includes activities such as hospitals, nursing homes and care for the disabled. It lasts nine months.

You can also take part in a voluntary social year/ecological year at home or abroad, another service abroad, a service as a volunteer in civil protection or civil protection or as a development aid worker. Further information can be obtained from the Federal Office of Civil Service.

In the course of 2011, the conscription law will be amended. This will lead to significant changes in conscription, basic military service and also civilian service. General conscription will be suspended on 1 July 2011. No further details can be provided at this time (as of January 2011). For this reason, please refer to the website of the Federal Ministry of Defence for information on the changes to the law.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

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