Spring conscription campaign completed in Tajikistan

27/05/2016 11:38
Asia-Plus
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DUSHANBE, May 27, 2016, Asia-Plus -- Tajikistan has reportedly fulfilled its spring conscription target.

All regions, districts and cities of the country have fulfilled their spring conscription targets ahead of schedule, Faridoun Mahmadalizoda, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense (MoD), told Asia-Plus.

According to him, about 60 percent of conscripts have joined the army voluntarily.

We will recall that 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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