compulsory military service

Georgia reintroduces compulsory military service

By | November 8th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

(Ministry of Defense.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Defense Minister Levan Izoria said Monday that he is reversing a decision by his predecessor Tina Khidasheli to end compulsory military service. He made the announcement on Monday during a meeting with the media to present a report about his first 100 days on the job. […]

Will Georgia end compulsory military service? Decision expected in Nov

By | October 22nd, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

(Defense Ministry.) TBILISI, DFWatch–It is still unknown if a decision by the former Georgian defense minister to end compulsory military service will become a reality. A decision may be expected in November, because Defense Minister Levan Izoria promised to ‘clarify’ the issue by next month, […]

Georgian Dream slams minister’s decision to end conscription

By | June 28th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , , , |

Defense Minister Tina Khidasheli. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Defense Minister Tina Khidasheli’s decision on Monday to end compulsory military service sparked a variety of negative comments from members of the ruling party, Georgian Dream. Khidasheli is a member of the Republican Party, […]

Georgian defense minister signs decree that ends compulsory military service

By | June 28th, 2016|Categories: Security|Tags: |

Defense Minister Tina Khidasheli. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Defense Minister Tina Khidasheli on Monday controversially signed a decree ending compulsory military service with immediate effect. In April, Khidasheli said she expected the professional army system to be introduced in 2017. […]

Georgia may end compulsory military service in 2017: Defense minister

By | April 20th, 2016|Categories: Security|Tags: |

Defense Minister Tina Khidasheli. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Defense Minister Tina Khidasheli says compulsory military service may be abolished from 2017. “This is my decision as minister of defense,” she told Channel 1 on Tuesday. “If another leader comes to this office, naturally, that decision may be changed.” […]

Georgian Defense Ministry announces contracts for military service

By | December 18th, 2015|Categories: Security|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian Defense Ministry this week announced vacancies for joining the military on a contractual basis. The contracts offered have a four year term and are available for persons between 18 and 35 year, and youth who have served compulsory military […]

Bill to end the draft approved by judiciary committee

By | November 11th, 2015|Categories: Security|Tags: |

Tina Khidasheli (Interpressnews) TBILISI, DFWatch–A draft bill about ending compulsory military service has survived a debate in the judiciary committee of the Georgian parliament. The bill was approved by the committee on Tuesday. Member of parliament Zurab Japaridze, who co-authored the bill, said […]

Georgia considers scrapping compulsory military service

By | September 29th, 2015|Categories: Security|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian parliament on Tuesday started reviewing a proposal to abolish compulsory military service and move to a professional military based on contracts. The goal of the bill is to redirect finances spent for compulsory military service […]

Spring recruitment for the military has started

By | February 8th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — Spring recruitment for compulsory military service has started. Citizens from 18 to 27 year will be recruited — about 1 650 persons in total. This is a significant decrease from 4 347 in 2012. Gocha Kharshiladze, chair of the military service […]

Georgia to end the draft by 2016

By | January 9th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — The Ivanishvili government is reducing the length of compulsory military service from fifteen to twelve months. Defense Minister Irakli Alasania on Tuesday said this will be the first stage of a reform to reduce the length of military service […]

Georgia extends military service to 15 months

By | February 16th, 2012|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Georgia’s defense ministry says the current twelve month service length is not enough to properly prepare persons called up for compulsory military service. It is now asking parliament to increase the length of service to 15 months. The bill is certain […]

Georgia to allow conscientious objection

By | December 22nd, 2011|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - Citizens of Georgia will be allowed to apply for an alternative service to the military, based on religious, ethical and other grounds. The change comes after a ruling by the Constitutional Court, which decided in favor of the country’s Public Defender, who had sued the parliament for being in breach of the constitution. [...]