Khatlon province fulfills its spring conscription target

11/05/2016 11:03
Asia-Plus
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DUSHANBE, May 11, 2016, Asia-Plus – Khatlon province is the first among Tajikistan’s regions to fulfill its spring conscription target, Faridoun Mahmadalizoda, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense (MoD), told Asia-Plus on May 11.

According to him, the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO) has reached 93 percent of its spring conscription target by May 11, Sughd province – 84 percent, districts subordinate to the center (RRP) – 83 percent, and Dushanbe – 66 percent.

“By May 11, the country has reached 88 percent of its spring conscription target,” Mahmadalizoda said.

The spring conscription campaign is carried out from April through May, and 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.

According to a 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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