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The military favors the idea of fewer military service exemption and deferment terms
The military favors the idea of fewer military service exemption and deferment terms, Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said Tuesday in a newspaper interview. "At present there are 25 types of deferment, and they can be divided into four groups," Ivanov, who is also deputy prime minister, told Izvestia. "These are educational, social, professional and medical deferments. Social deferments will be reduced partially and the number of medical deferments will remain the same." The minister admitted that the new initiative would be unpopular - many young men use the deferments to escape mandatory service in Russia's hazing-hit army - but said the reforms were necessary because the military had been experiencing serious difficulties with conscription. Only 9.1% of eligible population was conscripted in 2005, compared with 27% in 1994. The rest of potential conscripts had legal grounds for exemption or deferment, Ivanov said. He said only nine out of 25 deferments would be abolished or modified. Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov said March 3 that the ministry had finished the preparation of draft legislation on the deferment of military service and the reduction of the service term from two years to one
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