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On Saturday, November 30, the military drafting campaign Autumn-2013 ended in Ukraine. Its main feature is the last drafting to military service in the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU). From now on the Ukrainian army will be staffed with exclusively contract soldiers, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine reports.
During the drafting campaign, the military commissariats called-up and sent to the troops 10,800 persons. Some 5,000 of them were drafted to the Armed Forces, 4,800 to the Interior Ministry troops, and 1,000 to the State Special Transport Service.
Experts say in 2014 the AFU will recruit staff only on a contract basis. This is one of the priorities stated in the State complex program of reformation and development of the Armed Forces of Ukraine 2017. Its implementation proves that the reform is successful.
The reform program will take place in two stages. Stage 1 envisions transition of the Armed Forces to a contract basis, upgrading weapons, as well as improving social guarantees for servicemen. Estimated date of completion is 2017. Stage 2 is the deepening of the modernization process in the army. It is planned to allocate 131.7 billion UAH for the entire reformation process.