Some 359 young people have expressed willingness to serve in mandatory initial military service in Lithuania, which is double from the same period last year, Lietuvos Žinios daily said on Wednesday.
Lithuanian soldier
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"Young people are far more active this year – we had received 183 applications by this date last year. Young people of Lithuania are patriotic and feel responsible for their country, furthermore, they want to learn to defend it, if necessary," said Asta Galdikaitė, adviser at the Public Relations Division at the Defence Ministry.

The most active regions include youth of the Kaunas, Klaipėda and Alytus regions, with applications to serve as volunteers also filed by 18 young females. This year, 93 females serve in military as volunteers.

The conscription for 2017 mandatory initial military service is scheduled to start on Jan. 4 with compilation of recruit lists.

Lithuania's parliament reintroduced the conscription scheme in spring of 2015, recruiting 3,000 young people in 2015 and 2016.

Next year, 3,537 persons will be recruited for nine-month initial military service.

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