The Legal Issues Committee discussed with the I reading the Draft Defense Code, reregulating the issues related to the organization and activity of the Defense Ministry and the military service.
The Draft has renamed the mandatory military service the “national military service of conscripts” and reduced the term of service for conscripts from 12 to 6 months for serving in a combat unit, 8 months for those in a defense or security unit, and 11 months for preliminarily determined majors. Conscription will be based on the priorities of the Ministry. Conscripts may serve only in the system of the Ministry.
The novelties shall become effective as of January 1, 2025. Yet another novelty in the Draft is for students, who may be subject to random selection to national conscription. In such a case, he may select and pass one of the forms of military service – 6, 8 or 11 months, or enroll in a military program envisaging summer training over 4 years.
The Draft envisages the revision of the conscription fee – 10,000 GEL for postponement by 1 year instead of 2000 GEL for postponement by 18 months, and a person is eligible to apply for postponement only once.
The Draft increases the compensation for injuries, mutilation or death in the line of duty.
“The Code re-regulates the military reform, adjusting it to the defense objectives, and establishes significant social guarantees for military personnel, creating the effective legal mechanisms for interoperability with NATO defense standards,” Deputy Defense Ministry, Grigol Giorgadze noted.