Training Simulators, Household Appliances, Vitamins: How Conscripts Serve in the Kazakhstani Army

One of the military units is located in the town of Aktas, Karaganda region.

19/07/2023 - 18:57

Journalists from the editorial team have visited a military unit near Karaganda and witnessed a day in the life of conscripts.

A part of Kazakhstan's Air Defense Forces is stationed in the town of Aktas, which is a 20-minute drive from Karaganda. The strictly guarded area houses barracks, a parade ground, and a training area with pull-up bars and parallel bars.

45 young men were conscripted into the army as a group in the fall of the previous year, which eliminates the risks of hazing among the soldiers.

Nineteen-year-old Sergey Weber has been serving for nine months. During this time, he has become a senior driver. Before joining the army, he completed college with a degree in Interior Design and worked as a tattoo artist for over a year. He joined the army voluntarily, as all members of his family felt a duty to their homeland.

"When you come to the draft board in advance, you can find out which branches of the military are recruiting soldiers in which month. In November, they were recruiting for Air Defense, Emergency Situations, and Civil Defense. I chose Air Defense because it's a very rare opportunity. I don't have a single friend who is serving in Air Defense," Sergey shared.