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The Seimas of Lithuania approved the conscription of young men into the army after graduation

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun15,2024

The Seimas of Lithuania approved the conscription of young men into the army after graduation

The Seimas of Lithuania adopted a package of amendments to the law on universal conscription, according to which young people will be called up for military service immediately after they graduate from school. This was reported on the website of the Lithuanian parliament.

85 deputies voted for the adoption of the amendments, three were against, 14 abstained.

According to the bill, compulsory conscription for 9 months is subject to school graduates aged 18 to 22 years. Future conscripts-school graduates will not be able to enroll in universities until they complete military service, Radio Liberty reports.

At the same time, university graduates who have received specialties that are in short supply for the country’s army will be conscripted for three months. During this time, as the authors of the bills believe, cadets will be able to master basic military training.

The first medical examinations for schoolchildren will be carried out in 2025, and they will be called up for military service in 2026, when the reform comes into force.

The term of alternative service has been extended from 10 to 12 months. Lithuanians who wish to do voluntary service can do so until the age of 39.

In 2023, Lithuania's neighbor Latvia, which since 2004 had abolished compulsory military service and replaced it with professional contract service, introduced military conscription and compulsory military service.

At first, volunteers began to be recruited for service, five hundred people every six months, but gradually the conscription will increase to six thousand conscripts per year. Within five years, that is, from 2027, military service will become compulsory in Latvia for all men aged 18 to 27 years.

Prepared by: Sergey Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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