2,000 conscripts to start military service next week ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Conscripts at Mustamäe in 2019.
Conscripts at Mustamäe in 2019. Source: Priit Mürk/ERR

Next week, another group of conscripts will start their compulsory military service with the Estonian Defense Resources Agency (KRA). More than half of the selectees will enter service on their own initiative.

Marlen Piskunov, KRA Director General, said the coronavirus forced the Agency to suspend medical examinations for two months.

Piskunov said: "We knew a lot of conscripts wanted to start their service in July but they had not passed their medical examinations. That is why we started checks in May, before the emergency situation had ended and we got a lot of additional young men and women who will now enter military service."

Piskuno said that regardless of complications caused by the coronavirus, the KRA was able to fill their quotas of conscripts this year. For this reason, the Agency increased their amount of medical checkpoints.

Young women are becoming more and more prevalent in military service every tear. There were a total of 38 young ladies in the service last year, a total of 40 will serve this year.

The KRA announced that a large number of conscripts will serve in the 1st Infantry Brigade, with the rest being divided into the 2nd Infantry Brigade and other units across the military.

The Defense Resources Agency is asking that family members and friends do not come to send their close ones off to service in large amounts to alleviate the possible spread of COVID-19.

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Editor: Kristjan Kallaste

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