Tajikistan reportedly reaches 80 percent of its spring conscription campaign target

03/05/2016 16:56
Asia-Plus
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DUSHANBE, May 3, 2016, Asia-Plus – By May 1, Tajikistan has reached 80 percent of the spring conscription campaign target, Colonel Faridoun Mahmadalizoda, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense (MoD), told Asia-Plus in an interview.

In the territorial cross section the percentage the target reached was: Gorno Badakhshan – 87 percent; Khatlon – 94 percent; Sughd – 75 percent; districts subordinate to the center (RRPs) – 73 percent; and Dushanbe – 54 percent.

Meanwhile nineteen districts and one city have already fulfilled their spring conscription campaign targets, Mahmadalizoda said.

The spring conscription campaign is carried out from April 1 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 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.

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