Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Slovak army wants more soldiers

SINCE the beginning of 2014 around 1,000 men and women joined Slovak army and another 400 should sign up in the coming months based on a government strategy that came in reaction to the conflict in Ukraine, according to a document obtained by the Sme daily.

(Source: Sme)

“The reason is natural circulation of personnel in connection with leavings of professional soldiers,” reads the statement of Defence Ministry, as quoted by Sme. Moreover, Defence Minister Martin Glváč denied speculation about any document demanding increasing of numbers in Slovak army in connection with Ukraine conflict.

However, it is obvious that Slovak army is taking on new recruits at a faster pace than it has been doing so far. During 2014,  466 soldiers left the army and 616 came. In 2015 another 785 should come. Currently, there are around 2,000 open positions in Slovak army, according to Sme.

More soldiers will also increase the Defence Ministry expenses and first predictions of Slovak budget show that the defence budget should increase from €797 million to €806 million.

Such recruitment however will not improve the defence situation of the country because numbers are still low, according to Central European Policy Institute (CEPI) Senior Fellow Jaroslav Naď.

“At least, it can serve as compensation for active reserves which the ministry should create but it is still procrastinating,” Naď told Sme, adding that real strengthening of Slovak forces will depend also on positions which new recruits get. 

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Topic: Military


This article is also related to other trending topics: Ukraine

Top stories

Slovaks speak the worst English in central Europe

Seven out of ten job applicants in Slovakia claim to speak English.

Illustrative Stock Photo

Journalists should resist the temptation to tweet

There is still a need for old-fashioned news reporters who just get the facts out there, says Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ian Johnson.

Ian Johnson

We refuse Fico's attacks against journalists

More than 480 journalists have signed a statement condemning the most recent verbal attacks of the former prime minister against journalists.

Slovak journalists at one of protest rallies organised in response to the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée.

UPDATED: Police investigate protest organisers over Soros allegations

The National Criminal Agency wants to see the accounts of the protest organisers due to a criminal complaint alleging they are paid by George Soros.