The United Arab Emirates is a country consisting of seven principalities (Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain) and a population of approximately 8.2 million people. 90% of those 8.2 million people are foreigners. The population of mostly expatriates will now be subject to compulsory military training. The UAE cabinet has introduced a new law that will subject Emirati men ages 18-30 to mandatory military training. Of those men, the ones who have finished high school will serve nine months, and the ones who haven’t will serve two years. Training will also be optional for women. The UAE has actually been relatively conflict free in that they have not been faced with militant attacks nor currently face any immediate threats from their hostile neighbors. However, residing in an area referred to as the “red zone”, the UAE must continuously grow stronger in order to maintain the stability that they now enjoy. Interestingly though, the crop of men who will be enduring military training, will not be Emirati nationals. This actually works to the advantage of the UAE, being that they are a large buyer of Western military hardware, and have in the past relied on foreign nationals to operate such equipment. The 90% of foreigners will be able to operate the equipment with less help. “Protecting the nation and preserving its independence and sovereignty is a sacred national duty and the new law will be implemented on all,” UAE Prime Minister and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said on his Twitter account. Is this proactive move by the UAE the right one? Will it possibly be seen as a move of aggression by its’ irritable neighbors, leading to the conflict that they are striving to avoid? Does it feel right that almost the entire army will be made up of foreigners?