No coronavirus cases have been registered in military units and no restrictions have been introduced, Orif Nizomiyon, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense (MoD), told Asia-Plus in an interview.   

By president’s decree heads of all cities and districts of the country have been ordered to organize solemn sending of conscript to the army, Nizomiyon said. 

According to him, shore leave for soldiers has not been canceled.   

Recall, the spring conscription campaign began in Tajikistan on April 1.  The draft affects able-bodied male citizens in the age bracket of 18 years old to 27 years old, who are not members of the armed forces reserve.

The same decree provides for the retirement from active duty of soldiers and sergeants whose service under conscription is over.

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.