Shorter military service

IN LINE with a plan to have a fully professional army by 2010, the Slovak cabinet approved a measure cutting down obligatory conscription from nine months to six, on September 10.

The measure has yet to be approved by parliament. Defence Minister Ivan Šimko said: "This is another step towards a fully professional Slovak armed forces."

According to ministry estimates, the Slovak army will be composed of approximately 70 percent military professionals and 30 percent conscripted administrative civilians, by the end of this year.

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