About 7.5 thousand people will be called up in the Armed Forces of Ukraine in spring, first deputy chief of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF), Admiral Ihor Kabanenko said, the Defense Ministry press service reports.

According to him, the call up for military service will start from the next week. It will be much smaller than the last one, because the UAF are gradually shifting to a professional army based on contract principles.

"The decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine provides for increase in payments to servicemen, whose cash security was not increased from last year, from April 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014," Kabanenko said.

He informed that the defense minister instructed to prepare a draft regulation concerning material incentives for the best students in training operations. This will concern all branches of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

"The main task of military reform is in adjustment of the number of staff of combat units and non-tactical units. Currently, 70 thousand Ukrainian military men are serving in combat units and 112 thousand - in sustaining units. This imbalance affects the combat readiness of the Armed Forces. So, in the following years the number of sustaining units will be changed," Kabanenko summed up.


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