Manpower, Education, and Training
In 1995 conscription was for eighteen months, with
alternative service available. In 1994 reserve forces
approximately 289,500 members with military service in the
previous five years.
In the early 1990s, an issue in the training of troops
the teaching and use of the Belarusian language. There was
resistance in the Ministry of Defense and in the armed
themselves to the idea of using the Belarusian language;
officials claimed that the Belarusian armed forces were
"politicized." But little progress had been made in 1994
the use of Belarusian in the military, as called for by
law entitled About the Armed Forces of the Republic of
which stipulated the use of both the Belarusian and
languages, with a gradual transition to Belarusian.
Data as of June 1995