BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – Over 5,000 new recruits have joined the ranks of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Hama and Homs governorates, a military source told Al-Masdar News this afternoon.
According to the source, the 5,000+ recruits will be inducted into the Syrian Arab Army’s 11th and 18th tank divisions, which primarily operate in the Hama and Homs governorates.
These new recruits will be specifically trained by the Russian military as they will have access to the upgraded T-72 and T-90 tanks.
The source added that these new recruits were part of the early 2019 conscription class that was focused on the Hama and Homs governorates.
The 11th and 18th tank divisions suffered heavy losses over the course of the war, leaving them with a shortage of manpower.