The General Command of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) issued an official order on February 6 discharging all soldiers who are 38-year or older. Furthermore, the names of all citizens who were born in 1981 or before will be dropped from the mandatory draft lists.
“The General Command of the Syrian Arab Army emphasize that the order should be executed starting from 15-2-2019,” the army’s order reads.
Thousands of soldiers will be discharged from military service under the new order, which was a direct result of the recent increase in the number of SAA service members.
Since the beginning of this year, several Syrian and Western pro-opposition activists have been claiming that the SAA began to call reservists who are older than 42-years old. The new order debunks these claims and expose them as a mere propaganda stunt.
According to Syrian pro-government sources, the SAA will discharge more and more service members in the upcoming few months as many citizens are joining its ranks every day, especially in newly-liberated areas.