Ukraine now requires women in hundreds of professions to register for military service

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Now, women of ages 18-60 who are considered suitable for military service and belong to most of the popular specialties and professions have the obligation to register for a military service.

Amid the rising Russian threat near the Ukrainian borders, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has expanded the list of specialties and professions, which provides for the admission of women to compulsory military registration. The relevant order was adopted 11 October and entered into force 17 December.

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The list includes hundreds of specialties and professions related to the relevant military accounting specialties, after which women must enlist in the military. These include programmers, doctors, lawyers, media professionals and communicators (journalists, cameramen, PR people, publishers, librarians, translators), musicians, social workers, restaurant and hotel workers, accountants, clerks, analysts, financiers, scientists, managers and others.

If the profession is included in the extended list and if a woman is suitable for military service due to her health and age (from 18 to 60 years old), it is her duty to register for military service. However, the time during which women must register for military service at the military registration and enlistment office has not yet been determined.

According to the Law on Conscription and Military Service, conscripts are persons who are in reserve to recruit the Armed Forces and other military formations in wartime, as well as to perform work to ensure state defense. In peacetime, they can join the army only voluntarily under contract.

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Directors of the enterprises must ensure that the women who work there are registered in the army. When hiring women for an expanded list of occupations, the employer must also check that they have military registration documents and military registration marks.

In case of non-compliance with the order violators face a fine from the State Labor and the territorial center of staffing and social support. According to the legislature, an employee who does not register for military service will have to pay an administrative fine of UAH 850 to 1,700 ($31-63), while the employer will be forced to pay from 5100 to 8500 UAH ($188-315).

Translated by Vitalii Holich

You can read a Ukrainian language version of this story here.

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