After Military Takeover, Country Activates Conscription Law for First Time

After Military Takeover, Country Activates Conscription Law for First Time


Myanmar’s military government on Saturday activated for the first time a decade-old conscription law that makes young men and women subject to at least two years of military service if called up, effective immediately. The announcement of the measure on state television amounts to a major, though tacit, admission that the army is struggling to contain the nationwide armed resistance against its rule.

Under the 2010 People’s Military Service Law, passed under a previous military government, males between the ages of 18 and 45, and females between 18 and 35 can be drafted into the armed forces for two years, extendable to five years during national emergencies.

The current ruling military council, called the State Administration Council, came to power in 2021 after ousting the

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