The Italian Army, Esercito Italiano, converted from conscription to all-volunteer force at the end of 2004. Contracts for soldiers are either 1 or 4-year terms.
As of 2006, Italy ranks third in the world in number of military forces operating in peacekeeping and peace-enforcing scenarios Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Lebanon following only the United States and United Kingdom.
A recent law promotes membership of the Italian Army giving volunteers a chance to find post-Army careers in the Carabinieri, Italian State Police, Italian Finance Police, State Forestry Department, Fire Department, and other state agencies.
Learn the eligibility requirements for joining the Italian Army.