BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:35 P.M.) – An entire generation of Syrian Army service personnel are to be effectively demobilized after almost eight years of duty according to emerging reports from pro-government sources.
Reports state that soldiers of the 102nd Recruitment Course, since attached to various Syrian Army units (some of them Republican Guard), are to be gradually retired from active duty following seven years and 11 months of service. The exact number of troops this equates to is not yet clear.
Apparently solders of the 102nd Recruitment Course who have been found guilty of desertion or punished for disobedience are not yet cleared for demobilization with their individual cases being assessed for further decision.
If the reports are true then in all probability most of the soldiers will join reserve militia units local to where they live – namely as part of the National Defence Forces (NDF).