The Armenian Government has increased the monthly stipend of conscripted members of the Armenian Armed Forces.
The stipend of servicemen who are on combat duty at military bases in direct contact conditions with the adversary has been increased by 2000 drams, while those serving in the remaining bases by 1000 drams.
The monthly stipends of conscripted soldiers varies by rank. For example, a sergeant serving near a combat zone will receive a monthly stipend of 6500 drams, and 5500 in a non-combat zone base. Privates will receive from 4400-5400 drams.
“These sums are very symbolic, but we have to rely on the base which we have,” PM Nikol Pashinyan said at the August 8 Cabinet meeting. He expressed hope that soon the government will be able to make the kind of decisions which will be satisfying.
This is the first time that stipends for conscripts are being increased since 2009.
The estimated additional 228,9 million drams of spending for six months of 2019 will be funded from the budget’s defense ministry allocations.