Russian parliament plans to allow people over 40 to join the military

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by Mark Trevelyan

LONDON (Reuters) – Russia’s parliament said on Friday it would consider a bill to allow Russians over 40 and foreigners over 30 to enlist in the military, a sign that Russia , engaged militarily in Ukraine, urgently needs reinforcements.

The website of the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, says the move will allow the army to rely on the skills of experienced recruits.

“For the use of high-precision weapons, the operation of weapons and military equipment, highly qualified specialists are needed. Experience shows that they become so by the age of 40-45 years”, perhaps- we read on the site.

At this stage, only Russians between the ages of 18 and 40 and foreigners between the ages of 18 and 30 can enter into a first contract with the army.

According to Western military analysts, Russia has suffered heavy losses in men and equipment since the start of the invasion in Ukraine on February 24, and must reinforce its military personnel.

The Duma said the initiative would also facilitate the recruitment of civilians – doctors, engineers, operations and communications specialists.

(Reporting by Mark Trevelyan, written by William Maclean; French version Elena Vardon, editing by Sophie Louet)

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