COMPULSORY MILITARY SERVICE

A system of compulsory military service was in place in Latvia between the wars.

The Military Service Act of 1923 made all males between 17 and 50 years of age subject to compulsory military service. Until 1927 the draft age was 20, after which it rose to 21. There were certain criteria which would permit a deferrment, but this law brought a tremendous number of young men into the military for short periods of time: the length of the service varied over the years, but was typically between eleven and eighteen months.

As a result, we have many unidentified members of the Aviation Regiment whose images appear in the "Who Are These Guys?" section who, for the most part, were only in the Regiment for a very short time.

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