The defense Ministry is not going to abandon conscription


RIA Novosti

In the foreseeable future, the defense Ministry will not abandon the call to military service, reported Thursday in the Public chamber the head of the appeal of the Russian General staff, Colonel Alexei Knyazev.

“I would like to note that, despite the increase in the number of contract servicemen in the armed forces, in the foreseeable future we are not going to abandon conscription,” — said Knyazev held in OP forum “I Serve Russia”.

He also drew attention to the fact that the war office pays close attention to the state of health of recruits. “Compared with 2012, the number of conscripts and fit for the passage of health increased by 8%. This trend indicates an increase in the number of young people leading a healthy lifestyle”, — said the representative of the Ministry of defense.

In addition, he informed the audience that last year on alternative service was intended to 692 people. “Despite the small number of this category of citizens, it is important that every citizen had the right to take advantage of this opportunity, and to pass alternative civil service,” — said Knyazev.