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Ukrainian parliament increases maximum conscription age to 27

January 16, 2015, 1:23 UTC+3 KIEV
Another amendment concerns demobilized servicemen who sign contracts for further military service.
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KIEV, January 15 /TASS/. The Ukrainian parliament increased the maximum conscription age from 25 to 27 on Thursday as it amended some laws on military service and social protection of Ukrainian citizens who are drafted into the army during a special period. A total of 256 deputies out of the required minimum of 226 voted for the bill submitted by Sergei Pashinsky, the head of parliamentary committee for defense and national security.

“This bill also clarifies the conscription terms: 12 months for men with higher education and 18 months for men without higher education,” Pashinsky said.

Another amendment concerns demobilized servicemen who sign contracts for further military service. Their jobs and average salaries will be preserved. This norm applies to students of higher educational establishments and students receiving other forms of education, Pashinsky said.

Entrepreneurs doing military service will be exempt from taxes. The registration of their businesses will be preserved.

“We are also extending the terms of contract service from 12 months to 5 years,” Pashinsky said adding that candidates and doctors of sciences would not be recruited into the army.

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