Single-term model in the Swiss Armed Forces

Defence Group

Key facts

The introduction of the single-term model more than 15 years ago represented a significant expansion of the military service system of the Swiss Armed Forces. Traditionally, after recruit school (RS), the remaining service days are completed in short annual refresher courses. Single-term service personnel, in contrast, complete their entire period of service, currently 300 days, without interruption. Each year, this option is open to a maximum of 15% of those fit for military service, which corresponds to around 3,600 individuals. The single-term option is not available in all branches of service, nor in all functions.