Almost a half of conscripts in Lithuania are willing to stay in the military after completing their mandatory service, the Ministry of National Defence says.

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About 200 conscripts have already joined the professional military service.

"A total of 1,562 (conscripts) have completed their service to date. Over 700 conscripts have expressed their wish to remain in the Lithuanian military and over 200 have already been admitted to the professional military service," the ministry said.

Lithuania reintroduced conscription in 2015 in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine. The first group of conscripts began their service in August 2015.

Some 3,000 to 4,000 young people are invited annually to do mandatory military service. According to the Defence Ministry, the majority of them join the service voluntarily.

The Lithuanian military consists of 8,200 professional military servicemen, around 2,600 conscripts, 4,600 members of the National Defence Volunteer Forces and approximately 2,600 non-military personnel.

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