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Hanoi youths join army in streamlined ceremony

Monday, March 01, 2021, 14:40 GMT+7
Hanoi youths join army in streamlined ceremony
Enlistees from Hanoi’s Dong Anh District in the rookie handover ceremony, February 27, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Over 4,000 young citizens in Hanoi started their compulsory service on Saturday in a ceremony with no relatives allowed inside due to COVID-19 restrictions.

As per the capital city’s plan, a total of 3,500 enlistees will join military service this year, while more than 1,000 others will serve in police forces.

The new recruit handover ceremony in Dong Anh District, Hanoi, February 27, 2021. Video: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Candidates were selected from each district of the city and had to undergo a strict pre-qualification process.

It was revealed that 80 percent of 154 youths eligible for service in Hai Ba Trung District graduated from universities, junior colleges or vocational schools.

Meanwhile, the outlying district of Son Tay sent conscription calls to 83 young citizens, 18 of whom already finished post-K-12 education, while the remaining 52 voluntarily enlisted in the military.

The new recruit handover ceremony was held last Saturday and wrapped up within 20 minutes.

Relatives of the novices were not allowed inside as the send-off ceremony was canceled this year.

Participants were subject to body temperature checks at the event. They were also required to wear face masks and keep a safe distance in adherence to COVID-19 prevention guidelines.

Earlier, the Hanoi Capital High Command had worked with relevant forces to conduct mass COVID-19 testing for all rookies.

Vuong Dinh Hue, secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee, attended the handover ceremony in Dong Anh District and gave a speech to uplift the enlistees.

Vuong Dinh Hue, secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee, hands flowers to a military enlistee in the rookie handover ceremony in Hanoi's Dong Anh Province, February 27, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Vuong Dinh Hue, secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee, hands flowers to a military enlistee in the new recruit handover ceremony in Dong Anh District, Hanoi, February 27, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Enlistees from Hanoi’s Dong Anh Province in the rookie handover ceremony, February 27, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Enlistees from Hanoi’s Dong Anh District in the rookie handover ceremony, February 27, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Enlistees from Hanoi’s Dong Anh Province undergo body temperature check in the rookie handover ceremony, February 27, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Enlistees from Hanoi’s Dong Anh District undergo body temperature checks in the rookie handover ceremony, February 27, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Enlistees from Hanoi’s Dong Anh Province sit far apart the in the rookie handover ceremony, February 27, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Enlistees from Hanoi’s Dong Anh District sit far apart in the rookie handover ceremony, February 27, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Enlistees from Hanoi’s Dong Anh Province head to the military vehicles in the rookie handover ceremony, February 27, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Enlistees from Hanoi’s Dong Anh District head to  military vehicles in the rookie handover ceremony, February 27, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Residents of Dong Anh Province stand outside of the rookie handover ceremony to wave goodbye to the enlistees, February 27, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Residents of Dong Anh District, Hanoi stand outside of the rookie handover ceremony to say goodbye to enlistees, February 27, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

In Nam Tu Liem District, the handover ceremony at My Dinh Stadium was also streamlined in adherence to COVID-19 prevention guidelines.

Relatives of the enlistees were seen observing the rookies at a distance.

Around 8:30 am, the rookies boarded the vehicles and headed to the military base.

This year, 56 military draftees and 10 police rookies were required from Nam Tu Liem District.

Under the Law on Military Service, all male citizens of ages 18-25 (or 18-27 for college and university students who have their conscription delayed for study) from all rural areas, city districts, organs, state enterprises, and vocational schools must serve in the armed forces for a limited time, usually 24 months, if they meet the introduction criteria of the annual state plan.

Women may register if they are members of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union.

Nguyen Viet Cuong (left), an army veteran, sends his son off to military conscription at My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi’s Nam Tu Liem District, February 27, 2021. Photo: Nguyen Hien / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Viet Cuong (left), an army veteran, sends his son off to military conscription at My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi’s Nam Tu Liem District, February 27, 2021. Photo: Nguyen Hien / Tuoi Tre

A military enlistee says farewell to his mother before entering military service at My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi’s Nam Tu Liem District, February 27, 2021. Photo: Nguyen Hien / Tuoi Tre

A military enlistee says farewell to his mother before entering military service at My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi’s Nam Tu Liem District, February 27, 2021. Photo: Nguyen Hien / Tuoi Tre

A military enlistee waves goodbye at My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi’s Nam Tu Liem District, February 27, 2021. Photo: Nguyen Hien / Tuoi Tre

A military enlistee waves goodbye at My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi’s Nam Tu Liem District, February 27, 2021. Photo: Nguyen Hien / Tuoi Tre

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