260 volunteers have applied for Latvian state defense service

260 young people have already applied to the State Defence Service (VAD), including three women and three young people living abroad, Sandra Brāle, chief press officer of the National Armed Forces (NBS), told newswire LETA on April 29.

One of the young people living abroad is from Germany and two are from the UK.

It is currently unknown how many of the applicants will be accepted to the VAD after inspections and health assessments.

There is still time until May 15 to apply for the first, voluntary, draft of the State Defense Service. The first draft of the State Defense Service takes place on July 1, 2023. The next draft on January 1, 2024, will select eligible recruits at random, giving preference to volunteers. 

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