Ukraine might get back to conscription in army at age of 18

Source : 112 Ukraine

President Zelensky may sign the proper order soon
19:30, 26 October 2019

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The conscription into the armed forces at the age of 18 years may be returned in Ukraine, as Ukrainian Military Portal reported citing Head of Staffing Department of Ground Forces Command Mykola Kachanenko.

The military noted that there are some disagreements between the law “On military duty and military service” and the Order of the president on the draft call. According to the law, the conscript should turn 18 years for the service in the army, while the order demands from the conscript to be at least 20-years-old as Kachanenko noted.

“Such a difference negatively influences the recruitment campaign. A young man, usually, after graduation from school or college tries to set up his life – somebody starts to work, somebody acquires a family. Then, a person considers the service in the army as undesirable,” the officer said.

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He noted that President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky may sign the order on the conscription according to the mentioned law and the men will be recruited at the age of 18.

On October 1, autumn military conscription has begun in Ukraine. It is noted that 15,200 people will be sent for military service. The majority of the recruits, 9,000 will be sent to the Armed Forces of Ukraine; 800 to the State Service of Ukraine for Transport Safety; 4,400 to the State Border Guard Service; 1,000 to the National Guard of Ukraine.  

The autumn draft for military service will continue until December 31.


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