Deputy PM Jabbori appointed to head the republican conscription commission

23/09/2015 09:26
Avaz Yuldoshev
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DUSHANBE, September 23, 2015, Asia-Plus -- Deputy Prime Minister, Ms. Marhabo Jabbori, has been appointed to head the republic commission for organization of the autumn conscription campaign and Major-General Khoushvakht Mehrovarov, who is the chief of the organization-and-mobilization department at the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Tajikistan, has been appointed the deputy head of this commission, Faridoun Mahmadaliyev, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense (MoD), told Asia-Plus today morning.

We will recall that President Emomali Rahmon on September signed a decree on the autumn conscription campaign on September 14.

The autumn conscription campaign starts in Tajikistan on October 1.  During the autumn conscription campaign, young Tajiks are drafted into the country’s armed forces from October through November 2015.

The draft affects able-bodied male citizens in the age bracket of 18 years old to 27 years old, who are not members of the armed forces reserve.  The same decree provides for the retirement from active duty of soldiers and sergeants whose service under conscription is over.

According to the Ministry of Defense, every year, some 15,000-16,000 young Tajik men are drafted into the country’s armed forces.  The two-month-long effort seeking to enlist young men aged 18-27 for the two-year compulsory military service takes place twice a year, in the spring and in the autumn.

Some sources say more than 600,000 young men in Tajikistan are eligible for military service, but some 150,000 of them have received draft deferments or are exempted from the military service and some 100,000 other conscript-age young Tajiks are outside the country in search of a living.

Young Tajiks can avoid or postpone military service if they are ill, studying at university, an only son, or if they have two children.

Tajikistan's armed forces consist of Land Forces, Mobile Forces, Air and Air Defense Forces, National Guard, and Security Forces (internal and border troops). 

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