Pro-regime new pages reported that the recruitment centers in Aleppo deliberately insult the students who are seeking to defer their draft to the regime’s army, in addition to enduring bribes and favoritism in order to get their documents.
Sources from inside Aleppo stated to SY24 that, in order to obtain a military deferment, young men are forced to wait for long hours at the recruitment centers. Moreover, they might not be able to be issued the deferment unless they pay a bribe to the officer in charge, or have a certain contact from one of the high-ranking officers.
As for the poor students who don’t have any contacts inside, they are being subjected to insults and humiliation at the recruitment centers, let alone the long wait, sometimes for more than 9 hours, without being issued the deferment.
SY24 observed a number of comments which were against the practices of regime officials in Aleppo, where someone has written, “I swear, I have never seen dirtier employees than those at the recruitment center”.
Another person wrote, “If you want young men to have a sense of belonging to this country, first, you need to remove the corrupts who are destroying the country, forcing young men to feel disgusted of these dirty individuals. Where is the government, where is the president? You need to install surveillance cameras in every recruitment center to get rid of this issue. This is disgusting”.
One Aleppian commented, “The recruitment centers always represented corruption, bribes, lack of respect for the people. Where is the government, where is the minister of defense, where are the people? We still need 200 years to become civilized”.
It’s worth noting that corruption plagues the regime-held areas, particularly the government directorates, whether in Aleppo, Damascus and Homs. Corruption has become a mean to make money at the expense of citizens, amid absence of oversight and inspection.