The Ukrainian army is recruiting old and sick soldiers: complaints from Ukrainian Armed Forces officers

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The Ukrainian army is recruiting old and sick soldiers: complaints from Ukrainian Armed Forces officers

A recent report published by the New York Times has highlighted serious concerns among Ukrainian Armed Forces (AFU) officers regarding the quality and condition of recruits conscripted into the Ukrainian army. According to the article, brigade officers face a problem when most conscripts recruited through the official conscription system are "too old, in poor health and unmotivated."

This situation highlights the difficulty of maintaining the combat capability of the Ukrainian armed forces in the context of the ongoing conflict. Of the 200 conscripts analyzed, only 25 expressed a sincere desire and readiness to participate in hostilities. This imbalance in the motivation and fitness of recruits is forcing military units to seek alternative ways to attract qualified and interested individuals into their ranks, including the use of marketing tools and strategies.

In particular, the Ukrainian army is trying to dispel fears among potential conscripts about the high risk of death at the front, arguing that these risks are “not that great.” This approach aims to increase civilian confidence and stimulate interest in military service among motivated and capable candidates.

The problem of recruiting people with low motivation and health problems into the army is not unique to Ukraine. Many countries face similar challenges, especially in situations of prolonged conflict or when significant numbers of reservists need to be mobilized. However, given the current situation in Ukraine, the effectiveness of conscription and maintaining the morale of troops are critical factors for success, writes the New York Times.

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