Putin signed the decree: Recruiting another 150,000 people into the army

The call will last from April 1 to July 15. According to the new rules, which came into force on January 1, they will affect citizens aged 18 to 30 who are not in the reserve

by Sededin Dedovic
Putin signed the decree: Recruiting another 150,000 people into the army
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Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on spring conscription for the army, which continues the mandatory military service for men. On this occasion, the number of recruits has increased to 150,000, which is 3,000 more than last year, according to a report by The Moscow Times.

Recruitment will take place in the standard period, from April 1 to July 15. An important change is the expansion of the age limit for recruits. According to the new rules that came into force on January 1, 2024, citizens aged 18 to 30 who are not in the reserve will be called up for military service.

Previously, the upper limit was 27 years. Although it was said by military officials that recruits will not be sent to Ukraine, it should be noted that the situation may change. That is why it is important to follow current information.

Also, we should highlight a significant innovation in the recruitment process - electronic invitations. The law on electronic invitations was adopted in 2023, and citizens can expect to receive electronic invitations for the first time during this spring recruitment.

However, it should be kept in mind that traditional paper invitations will still remain in operation until the unified register of conscripts is fully operational. In July 2023, the government launched a new system for mandatory military service, which includes the digitization of military registration.

With this move, it is possible to notify conscripts electronically, and not only in person or through the employer. In addition, a provision was introduced to create a single register of persons liable for military service.

This register will enable stricter control and prevention of evasion of military service. Also, a ban on traveling abroad was introduced for those who try to avoid this obligation. It is planned that the register of conscripts will start operating in 2024.

The Ministry of Digital Development announced that the costs of implementing this system will be around 3.8 billion rubles. On the other hand, the Ministry of Defense states that the full functionality of the registry will be achieved by 2025 at the latest.

This delay is attributed, among other things, to "very strict" requirements in terms of infrastructure and information security, as explained by the Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Oleg Kachanov. The register will contain personal data of conscripts such as: full name, date of birth, gender, place of residence, marital status, passport information, education, place of work, health status, etc.

Meeting the needs for this data will be the responsibility of various government institutions and organizations, including the Federal Tax Service, the Social Fund, registry offices, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, employers and private clinics.