On November 4, the Ministry of Defense of Syria issues an executive order discharging hundreds of reserve officers from the ranks of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
The order, which was published by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), covers all the reserve officers who were summoned between 2011 and 2013. In order to be discharged, every officer should have at least 5 years of continues service.
Last May, the SAA discharged more than 10,000 soldiers from service in a similar step. That was the first time the army released soldiers from service since the beginning of the Syrian war in 2011.
This decision confirms that the SAA has overcome its manpower shortage, which was a serious problem between 2012 and 2013. The recent victories in Homs, Deir Ezzor, Damascus, Daraa and al-Quneitra have boosted the confidence in the army and boosted its morale. As a result, tens of thousands of men have joined the army ranks recently.