Myanmar to introduce mandatory military service

Shwe Hmon
Posted January 14, 2011 from Burma

Myanmar's military government will introduce a draft for men and women aged 18 and older.

NHK has obtained official documents issued by Myanmar's military government. The documents show that legislation for mandatory military service was enacted on December 17th.

Men aged between 18 and 45, and women aged between 18 and 35 will be drafted into the army for two to three years.

The government requires all people of eligible age, except the physically challenged, to register with local authorities.

Those who fail to register or try to evade the draft face imprisonment of up to five years.

Following last November's general election, the country's first in 20 years, a new parliament is expected to convene as early as the end of January, and establish, in appearance, a civil government.

Analysts say the move indicates the military government's effort to maintain its influence by familiarizing people with the military.

The last-minute decision to introduce the draft system before the new government's inauguration is likely to stir protests from the public.

Source : http://www.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/07_27.html

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  • Vivian Emesowum
    Jan 16, 2011
    Jan 16, 2011

    Hello Insha,

    I do not really understand but Why should men and women be manadated to be in the army. This sound crazy. Please let me know your opinion to this. I maybe against it but you may not. This is not peace mission I think. What do you think? Well done for posting this recent development.

  • Shwe Hmon
    Jan 17, 2011
    Jan 17, 2011

    Dear Vivian,

    I think we have similar feeling and opinion. I would like you to read http://www.worldpulse.com/node/33315. There, I mentioned all my perspectives and the details about the law. I want to hear all your opinions and we can discuss more.

    Best regards, Insha Allah

    Insha Allah

  • Shwe Hmon
    Jan 17, 2011
    Jan 17, 2011

    Dear Vivian,

    I think we have similar feeling and opinion. I would like you to read http://www.worldpulse.com/node/33315. There, I mentioned all my perspectives and the details about the law. I want to hear all your opinions and we can discuss more.

    Best regards, Insha Allah