DUSAHNBE, September 20, Asia-Plus -- President Emomali Rahmonov signed a decree on drafting young Tajiks into the country’s Armed Forces from October through November 2006, presidential press service reported.

The drafting embraces able-bodied male citizens in the age bracket of 18 years old to 27 old, who are not assigned to the Armed Force reserve.   The same decree orders retirement from active duty of soldiers and sergeants whose service under conscription is over.  

 “Taking into consideration specific character of service in the border troops, the Ministry of Defense is to select conscripts for serving in the border troops in cooperation with the security and interior bodies immediately,” said the source, “Besides, the Ministry of Health is tasked to provide specialists from medical facilities of Dushanbe to make medical examination of conscripts for the districts subordinate to the center.”