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06-04-2012, 08:00 AM
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Aittokallio started his military service today, due to be discharged early January.

For those of you unfamiliar with Finnish military service, it's compulsory for all males over 18, usually you start it at around 19-20. Can last 180, 270 or if you really get screwed over like yours truly, 362 days. In Aittokallios case, it's going to be 180, no question, and he most likely won't have to spend even 80 of those days in Lahti, where his service is taking place. He's considered a professional athlete, and pro athletes get a lot of leeway to ensure the service isn't complicating their training. He most likely won't miss any games, and very few practices because of the army.

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