Raising the draft age from 27 to 30 years will lead to an increase in the number of conscripts by more than a third, follows from a statement by Andrei Kartopolov, head of the State Duma Defense Committee.
“Our number of conscripts is decreasing every year. And their number will not be increased. How many of them were called up, so many will be called up – about 200 thousand people, ”said Kartapolov on the air of the RBC TV channel.
At the same time, in the fall of 2022, only 120 thousand people were drafted into the army – 7.5 thousand less than a year earlier. Last spring, 134,500 conscripts went to the army. Thus, according to Kartapolov, the draft will grow by 70-80 thousand people per campaign, or by 140-160 thousand per year.
Offering to raise the age of conscripts, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu also announced plans to increase the number of troops by 350 thousand people – up to 1.5 million military personnel. At the same time, he talked about changing the draft age from 18 to 21 and from 27 to 30. Russian President Vladimir Putin supported this idea and “structural changes in the Armed Forces.”
From April 1 to July 15, 2023, in Russia they will be called up for military service according to the following scheme: military registration and enlistment offices will receive assignments and assess how many potential recruits they have 18 years old and how many up to 30. Half will be 18-year-olds, and the other half will be citizens under 30, Kartapolov explained.
The bill, changing the age of conscription into the army, has not yet entered the State Duma. But the Ministry of Defense is developing it and will finish it within a few weeks, Nestka writes, citing two sources in the lower house of parliament. According to them, a new draft age will be fixed in the document being developed – from 21 to 30 years old, but a by-law will be introduced that will fix the “transitional period” for the next few years, when they will call up from 18 to 30 years old.
At the same time, Kartapolov admitted that the number of conscripts in Russia as a percentage will decrease over time. But this will directly depend on the growth in the number of contractors. According to Shoigu, out of 1.5 million people in the Russian Armed Forces, 695 thousand should be contract soldiers.