Four districts and one city fulfill their autumn conscription targets in two days

05/10/2015 10:19
Avaz Yuldoshev
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DUSHANBE, October 5, 2015, Asia-Plus -- Four districts and one city have reportedly fulfilled their autumn conscription targets over the first two days of the autumn conscription campaign that was launched on October 1.

“Darvoz and Ishkashim districts in the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO), Nosir Khusrav district in Khatlon province, Kuhistoni Mastchoh district in Sughd province as well as the city of Isitiqlol in Sughd province fulfilled their autumn conscription targets in two days,” Faridoun Mahmadaliyev, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense (MoD), told Asia-Plus in an interview.

Meanwhile, Tajikistan has reached 22 percent of this year’s autumn conscription target, Mahmadaliyev added.

The autumn conscription campaign started in Tajikistan on October 1.  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 (MoD), 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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