Defence Minister Juozas Olekas said that he expects all 3,000 places for compulsory military service to be filled by volunteers next year.

Almost all of the compulsory places were filled by the volunteers this year, far surpassing expectations, according to Olekas.

“The fact that almost 3,000 volunteers have come or chose a priority position in the conscription list has really surpassed the expectations. But it has also raised new ambitions – now we would like to fill all those 3,000 places with volunteers," he said.

“And there is yet another headache here – what measures should be taken, what can be improved in the service. I think that we will manage to do that with support from wider society,” he said.


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