Despite the recommendations for the introduction of permanent conscription, Lithuanian conscripts will constitute only a small part of Lithuania’s total armed forces - about one-sixth - with the rest recruited as professional soldiers, Defence Minister Juozas Olekas told Žinių radijas.
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“If we believe that in 2021 there will be about 24,000 Lithuanian troops, then up to 4,000 of them will be conscripts – those who will only serve for nine months. Contracts for other soldiers will be for about 4 years,” said Minister Olekas.

On Monday the State Defence Council decided to bring back compulsory military service and to designate an additional €150 million for national defence next year.

According to the minister, the specific duration of conscription has not yet been decided.

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