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Draft into Armed Forces – Between Quality and Quantity

CHISINAU, April 4, 2013 — Poor examination and selection of the contingent for conscription, enlistment of young people with pre-existing diseases, as well as shortage of combat medics and drivers in military units are the most serious problems encountered during draftees recruitment within October 2012 — January 2013. The conclusion was made by the members of the Army Enrolment State Committee during a meeting held at the Ministry of Defense and conducted by the acting Deputy Prime Minister Mihai Moldovanu.

According to the information presented by the Head of the Personnel Division of the National Army Main Staff, Col. Eduard Ohladciuc, during this period, 1775 young men joined the Armed Forces, including 1150 — the National Army and 625 — Carabineer Troops. Most of the recruits are from Causeni, Orhei, Ungheni and Soroca districts.

The Head of Personnel Division also said that 14 790 young men had been examined by the medical-military and enlistment commissions. 74% of them have been deferred because of family problems or studies. 14% have not been enlisted: 0,9% — because of religious beliefs, 2,1% — had been previously legally persecuted, 76% — reached the maximum age for enlistment in the military and 18,6% — chose alternative civil service.

Statistics show the follow on ethnical pattern: 87,8% of young men enlisted during October 2012 — January 2013 are Moldovans, 4,77 % — Ukrainians, 3,55% — Gagauz and 2,68 % — Russians.

The number of recruits with college and gymnasium diplomas has increased. Thus, 3,2% of enlistees graduated from colleges, 3,2% — hold bachelors’ degree, 51,1% — have high school diplomas and 45,7% — graduated from gymnasiums.

The Army Enrolment State Committee brought together the chairpersons of district enlistment commissions, commanders of Military Centers and heads of administrative-military Divisions.

According to the national legislation, military conscription is held four times a year. The military service in the Armed Forces lasts 12 months.

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