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Myanmar's military imposes conscription


The government of Myanmar has declared that all young men and women would be required to serve in the military due to the ongoing upheaval in the nation.

In February 2021, the military seized control of the civilian administration via a coup.

However, in recent months, it has suffered successive defeats in confrontations with ethnic militias and anti-coup combatants.

The recent announcement mandates a minimum of two years of military service for all males between the ages of 18 and 35 and females between the ages of 18 and 27.

No other information has been disclosed. However, the junta said its military ministry would issue the required regulations, protocols, official orders, notices, and directives.

In recent months, the military has seen a sequence of ignominious setbacks.

In late 2021, three ethnic rebel armies in Shan State and other anti-government armed organisations successfully seized control of border crossings and roadways that are significant commerce routes with China.

In the previous month, the Arakan Army (AA) announced its successful seizure of Paletwa in Chin State, including the last military outpost at Meewa mountaintop.

The president of Myanmar, Myint Swe, who was appointed by the military and has a background as a general, has already issued a warning that the nation is at risk of disintegration if the government fails to manage the ongoing conflicts effectively.

Myanmar implemented legislation enabling conscription in 2010. However, it has remained unenforced till the present day.

According to the law, the terms of service may be extended for a maximum of five years in a state of emergency. Individuals who disregard summons to serve might face imprisonment for an equivalent duration.

The country's junta declared a state of emergency in 2021, which has been prolonged for another six months.

Myanmar had almost five decades of governance under repressive military administrations before the transition towards democracy in 2011.

On February 1, 2021, the military declared its assumption of power over the nation. The nation has been plagued by disorders and conflicts, resulting in the displacement of over one million people and the loss of thousands of lives.

The army's recent engagements with ethnic armed groups, some of which resulted in losses and withdrawals, have generated criticism and scepticism among its backers.

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