Ukraine’s new approach to military recruitment

Written by Jeppe W

Nov.28 - 2023 8:35 AM CET


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The Ukrainian government is set to overhaul its military conscription system, introducing a new, more targeted approach involving commercial recruiting companies, reports The Guardian.

This significant shift in mobilization strategy will be officially announced later this week.

Oleksii Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, revealed that the army would partner with two of the nation's largest staffing agencies.

This collaboration aims to pinpoint individuals with specific skills necessary for the military, moving away from the traditional blanket conscription method.

Under the new system, potential conscripts will have the opportunity to apply for roles that align with their professional expertise, such as welding or locksmithing.

This approach is designed to optimize the utilization of skills within the armed forces and address the reluctance of qualified Ukrainians who wish to assist the military but are hesitant about frontline deployment.

The initiative reflects a more flexible and efficient mobilization process, as described by Danilov: "Mobilization will become more adaptable, focusing on required specialties. People can apply for specific positions that are needed, like welders or locksmiths."

This announcement follows a recent statement by Danilov, noting that conscripts whose service term has expired will soon be demobilized.

Additionally, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has instructed Defense Minister Rustem Umerov and Valerii Zaluzhnyi, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, along with other ministries, to devise a comprehensive mobilization plan for the military by next week.

The move signifies a strategic shift in Ukraine’s military approach, as the nation continues to adapt to the ongoing conflict and its evolving demands.

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