Tourist & Resident Guide to Iran

Saturday, January 30, 2010


The Baseej or Basij means "Mobilization" and is volunteer militia founded by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979.


Their numbers are open to debate and range from around 400,000 to over a million strong. The Baseej have a presence in most large Iranian cities and towns. Becoming a member of the paramilitary force allows for various state benefits including exemption from military service and possibly a guaranteed spot at a college or university.

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