In military units of the Minsk region, soldiers are ceremonially transferred to the reserve from the compulsory service. Commanders hand them over diplomas and letters of gratitude. Now, the exercises and marching drills become history for the young men. Yet the year and a half of the military service and the training remain with them for keeps. In the Minsk district, the best in the signal brigade were honored. Four of the young fellows were specially decorated for their excellent service to the Motherland. Mothers of the sergeants also got gratitude form the commanders.