Senator Kovitidi proposes to limit the list of deferred diseases

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In connection with the introduced in Russia, with partial mobilization, it is necessary to revise the list of diseases that are the reason for the postponement of conscription into military service. This proposal was submitted by the senator of the Russian Federation, representative of the Republic of Crimea, Olga Kovitidi.

«It is necessary to update the eligibility criteria for military service to exclude diseases in which a conscript is declared unfit for service,” said the senator. At the moment, says Kovitidi, there is a whole list of diseases in the legislation that give the right to a “white card”. In particular, these are flat feet, severe scoliosis, eye and other diagnoses.

According to the senator, “a number of illnesses can be recognized as not preventing military service”. This will increase the mobilization reserve, the number of young people capable of military service, Kovitidi emphasized. And that, according to her, is necessary for Russia, along with a volunteer professional army.

As the senator noted, the approaches to the training of junior officers also need to be “updated.” Recall that the criteria for determining eligibility for military service by conscription and the practice of their application have varied in recent decades. The largest percentage of young men of military age joined the army in Soviet times, specifically in the mid-1980s. Then, against the background of the war in Afghanistan, for several years, even college students (who were drafted after the 1st or 2nd year, there were no deferrals from college) served in the army as ordinary soldiers. This initiative was canceled shortly after its introduction, in 1988.


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