Regime administrators ask civilians to chip in for new army enlistees 

Local officials have dubiously claimed that the payments they are soliciting will be used to support new volunteers in the army, sometimes presenting voluntary enlistment as an alternative to selecting conscripts by random lottery

Junta officials have been collecting money from civilian communities in Yangon, Mandalay, and Naypyitaw, according to those cities’ residents, telling locals that it will be used to support troops recruited for military service. 

In need of more manpower, the junta announced on February 10 that it would reactivate a decade-old conscription law requiring eligible adults to serve in the military for up to five years, and soon set up recruitment committees and training centres to implement the conscription policy throughout the country.  

Since the first week of March, regime administrators have been conducting community surveys, collecting the names of people eligible for service, and summoning those eligible to their local ward administrative offices for selection. 

In some townships, they have begun to collect money from civilians openly, residents said. 

In one of the wards of Patheingyi Township, Mandalay Region last Wednesday, the ward administration. . .

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