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Regular autumnal drafting of conscripts to the Armed Forces begins in Russia October 1
Regular autumnal drafting of conscripts to the Armed Forces begins in Russia October 1, officials at the Main Mobilization Department of the Armed Forces General Staff told Itar-Tass. Subject to drafting from October 1 through to December 31 are young men in the age group of 18 years old to 27 years old. Conscripts are drafted to the Army and Navy twice a year – from mid-spring to early summer from in the fall and early winter, but only 7% to 9% young men of conscription age get to the Armed Forces in the final run, since all others are either relieved of service for various reasons or get the so-called conscription deferments. The Defense Ministry admits at the same time that the quality of the conscription contingent leaves much to be desired. Of all the young men drafted last year, 50% had service limitations for reasons of health and could not be assigned to units of permanent combat readiness. Also, 33% conscripts either had no definite job or did no study anywhere, 2% had court indictments in the past, and 25% of the draftees had incomplete primary or general education. Yet there are a few encouraging aspects in this autumnal drafting campaign, as this is the last drafting of conscripts who will have to serve for two calendar years. New federal laws envision a cut of that term by a half as a minimum. The transition to a new term of Army service will be gradual and involve several steps. Young men drafted in 2007 will serve for eight months and the ones drafted in 2008 will serve for twelve months. As of January 1, 2008, the term of alternative civilian service will also reduce to 21 months.
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