Latvia brings back military conscription

Juris Kaža
5 min readApr 6, 2023

The Latvian parliament or Saeima on April 5 passed a law gradually reinstating military conscription in the Baltic republic 16 years after abandoning obligatory service in favor of professional volunteer armed forces in 2007.

The Law on the State Defense Service, adopted by a vote of 68 to 11 in the 100-member Saeima, foresees the first voluntary recruitment of young people into armed services this summer. The drafting of the law started last year after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Juris Kaža

A freelance journalist based in Riga, Latvia who has covered the country and region for 20 years. Speak native Latvian and English, fluent Swedish and German.