Latvia’s Ministry of Defence and National Armed Forces (NBS) have extended the application period for volunteers in the second draft for military service by about a week until 21 July 2023, LSM reports. The Ministry of Defence said that there was a spike in applications just before the earlier deadline. So far, 172 young volunteers have applied in the second draft. Meanwhile, 488 Latvian citizens volunteered in the first draft, LSM reported. All of the volunteers in the first draft who began their military service on 1 July 2023 are young men.