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Abolition of interuniversity military departments proposed in Kyrgyzstan

The State Committee for Defense Affairs submitted for public discussion a draft government decree On Training of Reserve Officers for the Armed Forces of the Kyrgyz Republic.

The purpose of the document is to liquidate two regional interuniversity military departments, except for the military department of the Kyrgyz State Medical Academy named after Akhunbaev.

Until 2010, at least 9 military faculties and 2 interuniversity military departments functioned in Kyrgyzstan at 11 higher educational institutions. As a result of the reform of the Armed Forces, only 2 regional interuniversity military departments and 1 military faculty remained by the beginning of 2011. Training is carried out in 28 military occupational specialties.

«Practical experience of the past years has shown that the activity of the military faculties and departments did not give a positive result, a huge reserve of officers, not claimed by the Armed Forces of the Kyrgyz Republic as a mobilization resource, had been accumulated," the State Committee notes.

«The mobilization need for reserve officers make up about 2,500 people per year, while about 54,000 reserve officers are registered in the military commissariats of the republic. Thus, more than 95 percent of reserve officers remain unclaimed, which is more than 20 times higher than the demand," the background statement says.

«The system of selection of students for training in military departments and self-education in them creates corruption, which causes many reasonable reprimands on the part of the civil society," the State Committee for Defense Affairs notes.

Annually, about 10,000–15,000 students studying in universities want to undergo training at the military departments with only 3,000–3,500 places at military faculties.

Annually, 130–150 officers graduate from the Military Institute of the Armed Forces of the Kyrgyz Republic and other military educational institutions of foreign countries. An average of 100–120 officers resign each year from the ranks of the Armed Forces for various reasons.