Members of Armenia’s army reserve were ordered to report to their local conscription office shortly after their country’s and Azerbaijani forces engaged in heavy fighting along the contested Nagorno-Karabakh border.
The nationwide conscription call and martial law were both announced by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan earlier on Sunday. His Facebook post urged reservists to turn up at their territorial recruitment offices “for the sake of our homeland and for the sake of victory.”
The call to arms and martial law will be put in place because Azerbaijan may decide to attack Armenia, the premier clarified in an address to the nation later in the day.
Comprising around 44,000 active-duty troops – less than half of them conscripts – the Armenian military relies on a 210,000-strong standing reserve. Armenians who have completed military service as enlisted personnel bear an obligation to become soldiers in wartime up to the age of 50. Officers are mandated to remain in the reserve force until they turn 60.