President Dmitry Medvedev has promised that only 10-20 percent of the army would be manned by conscripts in the near future.
“The draft is to continue, but only those people who believe it to be important and necessary for themselves will do military service,” Medvedev said at a women’s forum, Gazeta.ru reported. The change is set to happen in the next five to seven years, he added.
“The rest is to be done by people serving under contract,” Medvedev said.
Earlier, Medvedev said the army would be in need of conscripts for the next 10 years. Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said earlier this year, that the army would be manned by 50 percent conscripts by 2017.