President Bashar al-Assad has issued a command lowering the Syrian Armed Forces level of readiness for the first time in nine years.
The command, which was issued on January 10, lowered the level of readiness at several army branches as follows:
- The level of readiness at the army’s administrative headquarters was lowered from 66 to 33%
- The level of readiness at the army’s administrative branches and sub-branches was lowered from 80 to 50%
- The level of readiness at the Syrian Arab Army was lowered from 100 to 80%
- The leave of readiness at the Syrian Arab Navy was lowered from 100 to 80%
The level of readiness at the army’s medical service was not lowered as it is currently supporting the country’s efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new measures should allow the army to release thousands of soldiers from service in the near future. Those who will be kept will receive more day offs. This will improve the morale of Syrian service members.
In the last few years, the army released tens of thousands of soldiers and reserve officers from active service following a series of military achievements in Syria’s northern, southern and central regions.
The decision to lower the Syrian military’s readiness reflect an improvement in the overall situation in the country. The move also confirms that the Syrian military has overcome the human resources shortage which was a serious issue in the early years of the conflict when the level of readiness was first raised.
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