Dushanbe Mayor Rustam Emomali has ordered to determine the exact number of draft age youth living in the Tajik capital before the autumn conscription campaign that will start in the country on October 1.

On June 9, Dushanbe mayor signed a decision on preparation of relevant structures for the autumn conscription campaign, according to the Dushanbe Administration press center.  

The mayor reportedly also ordered to send the draft age youths for medical examination to the medical facilities before the beginning of the autumn conscription campaign.  

Besides, all Dushanbe-based enterprises irrespective of their forms of property are ordered to take necessary measures to organize the conscription campaign at the proper level, the Dushanbe Administration press center said.    

According to the Ministry of Defense, every year, some 15,000-16,000 young Tajik men are drafted into the country’s armed forces.  The two-month-long effort seeking to enlist young men aged 18-27 for the two-year compulsory military service takes place twice a year, in the spring and in the autumn.

According to official data, some 600,000 young men in Tajikistan are eligible for military service, but some 150,000 of them have received draft deferments or are exempted from the military service. 

Young Tajiks can avoid or postpone military service if they are ill, studying at university, an only son, or if they have two children.

Tajikistan’s armed forces consist of Ground Forces, Mobile Forces (paratroopers of the armed forces of Tajikistan), Air Force and Air Defense Force.