29 March 2013

PERU: Lima Debates Proposed Military Draft; Elites Can Opt Out Paying Fine...Making The Poor Serve.

     A proposed military draft in May...is under siege in Lima.
    Critics accuse President Humala and the congress of allowing elites to pay a fine to escape army service...while requiring the poor to serve in the low pay military.
    Peru's current voluntary military needs 30,000 positions filled...but its surging economy pays more.
    Young men 18-25 would be included in the lottery draft for 2 years of service...unless they pay a $715 fine.
   The nation's minimum wage if $290 per month.
   Currently...new draftees get $100 per month...plus room and board.