According to the new order, people with previously ineligible diseases such as various types of hepatitis, asymptomatic HIV, medically treated tuberculosis and various blood diseases can now also be included in the recruitment.
In addition, the changes also apply to people with “mild short-term manifestations of mental disorders” and “slowly progressive diseases of the central nervous system.”
This expansion of recruitment criteria reflects Ukraine’s determination to strengthen its armed forces by targeting a wider range of potential recruits, writes Canadian news network BNN, which reported on the change.
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry has not only revised mandatory military service, but also relaxed health requirements for entry into Ukraine’s elite units such as the Airborne Forces and Marines. These changes reflect the urgent need for highly qualified and motivated personnel to strengthen the country’s military capabilities in the event of continued conflict.