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The Russian Defense Ministry said Friday that conscription would be reduced to one year from the current two at the start of 2008
The Russian Defense Ministry said Friday that conscription would be reduced to one year from the current two at the start of 2008, but also said 40% of the current deferrals would be abolished. "From January 1, 2008, the term of service will be cut to one year and there should be no doubt that this will happen," Vasily Smirnov from the General Staff said. But he added that twice as many conscripts would have to be drafted to make up the numbers. Smirnov also said that the ministry intended to keep 15 of the present 25 deferrals. "These primarily refer to health deferrals, as only healthy people should serve in the army, as well as young men whose fathers where killed in action," Smirnov said. Russia plans to have a completely professional army, but so far only a fraction of soldiers are contract servicemen.
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