Russian Armed Forces to draft over 153,000 conscripts this spring

The Russian Armed Forces will draft over 153,000 conscripts in the spring draft to last from April 1 through July 15, General Staff Deputy Chief Col. Gen. Vasily Smirnov told a press conference dedicated to the army draft.

"It is planned to draft 153,200 conscripts into the Armed Forces this spring," he said.

The number will be sufficient for staffing and combat preparedness of the Russian Armed Forces, he said.

He also noted that the number of contract servicemen would grow in 2013.

"The number of contract servicemen is expected to reach 241,000 by the year-end," Smirnov said adding that almost 50,000 military occupation specialists will be assigned to the Armed Forces. "Some 49,000 military occupation specialists will be assigned to the forces; 46,000 of them have been trained at schools of DOSAAF [Volunteer Society for Cooperation with the Army, Aviation, and Fleet]."

The Russian Defense Ministry is broadening the draft in North Caucasian republics.

"During the spring draft we plan a slight increase in the conscription from North Caucasian republics. Thousands of young men will be drafted," he said.

There are no special norms or peculiarities in the draft in North Caucasian republics, he emphasized.

"The young men will be drafted on general terms and assigned to all military units throughout the Russian territory," the general said.

Some 500 young men were drafted into the Interior Ministry Forces in the Chechen republic in fall 2012, he added.

"We also plan to increase the number of conscripts from Dagestan," Smirnov added.

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