A total of 30 districts in Hanoi held ceremonies on February 26 as part of efforts to see off around 3,700 youngsters who have voluntarily registered to perform military and public security service this year.

All young people joining the army this year must meet relevant health and education level requirements.

Military service is compulsory for Vietnamese men from 18 to 25 years of age, although it is extended to 27 for those who apply for a delay to pursue higher education degrees.

A ceremony is held in Dong Da district on February 26 to see tens of thousands of young people off for military service in the first handover batch.

Thousands of young people across the nation are excited and proud to join the army and hope to contribute to protecting the fatherland on this occasion.

A mother bursts into tears as her son joins the army for the first time.