Army conscripts in Kazakhstan to undergo PCR-based COVID-19 tests

Army conscripts in Kazakhstan to undergo PCR-based COVID-19 tests

Young people in Kazakhstan recruited for military service in August this year will be required to undergo the PCR-based tests for coronavirus, said at an online briefing Monday Head of the Department of the organizational and mobilization work of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan Saken Zhusupov. 

Local executive bodies must conduct the PCR-based COVID-19 testing for the Kazakh citizens subject to conscription for military service. The local authorities must also ensure that all the sanitary and epidemiological norms are met in the course of the notification and collection of conscripts, as well as the medical examinations at the collection points and sending them to the troops,” said Zhusupov. 

The decision to postpone the recruitment for military service was adopted in Kazakhstan for the first time, as well as the suspension of the dismissal of military personnel into the reserve. President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed the corresponding decree on Monday morning, May 4.

In accordance with the Law of Kazakhstan ‘On Military Service and Status of Military Servants’, the dismissal of the fixed-term military personnel enlisted in the spring 2019 was suspended for the entire state-of-emergency period in order to keep the Armed Forces in a state of readiness. This category of military personnel retains all types of allowances, including clothing, food, medical and financial security until they are transferred into the reserves. In addition, the work of call-up and medical commissions, and the sending of the young recruits to the troops was suspended. In this regard, the Head of State signed a decree to postpone the deadline for the conscription of the Kazakh citizens for a term of military service from June to August 2020,” Zhusupov said.