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Thousands of Ha Noi youths join army

Update: February, 23/2016 - 15:11
About 4,300 young people in Ha Noi started military service training today, nearly 55 per cent of them being college graduates. — VNA/VNS Photo Manh Minh

HA NOI (VNS) — About 2,000 young people in Ha Noi, voluntarily registering for military service, joined the army today, the High Command of Ha Noi said.

A total of 4,300 young people in Ha Noi joined military service this year, nearly 55 per cent of them being college graduates.

Hanoian youths say goodbye to their friends and family before they leave for military service. — VNA/VNS Photo Pham Kien

Phung Tien Manh, 19, from Hoang Liet Ward in Hoang Mai District and a freshman at University of Business and Technology, has voluntarily joined military service.

"My family and friends support my decision to join military service. I hope the disciplined training environment in the army will help me to become a more mature and patient person," Manh said.

VNA/VNS Photo Pham Kien

Nguyen Hai Phong, 25, from Duong Xa Commune in Gia Lam District, has also voluntarily joined military service. He regards this as a challenge and an opportunity to get life experience and skills.

"I hope to become a professional soldier and work for the army in the long term so as to contribute to the cause of national defence," Phong said.

Youths in Ninh Binh Province attend a ceremony to see them off for military service. — VNA/VNS Photo Ninh Duc Phuong

VNA/VNS Photo Pham Kien

The amended Law on Military Duty takes effect this year. It has some amendments, such as the extension of military training service from 18 months to 24 months; one recruitment session in February or March would take place every year, instead of two; raising of the eligibility age for military service among those who attend higher education institutions from 18 to 27; and raising of the eligibility age among those who do not pursue higher education from 18 to 25. — VNS


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