Lithuania’s Seimas greenlights permanent conscription

The lawmakers adopted changes to the Military Conscription Law, which envisage that “conscription to permanent initial military service is conducted every year”.

Earlier this week, the parliament stipulated that between 3,500 and 4,000 young men between 19 and 26 would be recruited for military service on an annual basis until 2022.

Lithuania discontinued conscription to the army in 2008, but reintroduced the procedure last year in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine and in an effort to fully man its military units and draft a rerserve.

The reintroduction of conscription was initially envisaged as a temporary measure.

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