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No one wants to be in Slovakia’s army

The former half of Czechoslovakia is having troubling enticing citizens into its armed forces.

PRAGUE (Sputnik) – Number of people willing to serve in the Slovakian army continues to decrease, with the recruitment level falling by a third over the past five years, Slovakian Defense Minister Peter Gajdos said on Wednesday.

“In 2016, 1,600 people expressed desire to serve in the army, which is by 32.2 percent less than in 2012. In the first six months of this year, the number of those wishing [to serve] has fell by another 18 percent, compared to the same period of the past year,” the minister said, adding that “57 percent of those willing to join the army ranks do not meet the physical, psychological or educational requirements for service.”

Another negative factor is the fact that the salaries in the Armed Forces are increasingly falling behind those in the civil sector, the minister said, adding that the ongoing modernization of the equipment also increases demands for the professional background of the recruits.

In 2015, Slovak President Andrej Kiska announced that the country was ready to launch an across-the-board armed forces modernization, focusing on cutting its dependence on Russian military hardware.

Earlier in September, local media reported that the Slovak Defense Ministry was planning to spend over $7.7 billion on modernization projects by 2030.

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Wayne Blow
Wayne Blow
September 27, 2017

You are much better off, no one wants to invade Checkoslovakia or the Check republic either!!!!

Rastislav Veľká Morava
Rastislav Veľká Morava
Reply to  Wayne Blow
September 27, 2017

Fact: The Slovak Population is decidedly Pro-Russian.

Tony
Tony
Reply to  Rastislav Veľká Morava
September 28, 2017

Not in my experience….at *best* 50/50 (I’m being generous)…you’ve never been pro-Russian in your entire history. You can’t be pro-Russian if you’ve sold your soul to the Vatican

Rastislav Veľká Morava
Rastislav Veľká Morava
Reply to  Tony
September 28, 2017

I am from the area. And yes we have have been for long time since the wise words of Ľudovít Štúr.
Slovakia is 66% Roman Catholic and 22% Orthodox Christian, with both Churches commonly side by side in villages.
The Cradle of Slavdom and first Slavic Empire, the Great Moravian Empire was in present day Slovakia.
We are not Balkan Slavs (Croats and Serbs) or Russophobic Poles with their whole identity tied to their particular Christian Denomination. So your so-called “experience” counts for little.

Nikos Yiasou
Nikos Yiasou
Reply to  Rastislav Veľká Morava
September 28, 2017

Well said.

Michael DeStefano
Michael DeStefano
Reply to  Rastislav Veľká Morava
September 28, 2017

That’s true….I knew a Slovak that emigrated to the US in the 90’s, having escaped through the forest on foot with his family in the mid 80’s, very dangerous at that time. If anyone would have been anti-Soviet, Warsaw Pact, Russian, whatever, it would have been him. But he wasn’t anti-Russian at all, just the other two. Maybe it was because they were too busy being anti-Czech. lol

Then I was in the Czech Republic in the mid 90’s on business. They weren’t all that anti-Russian either. Certainly not like the Croats and Ukrainians, or even Poles for that matter.

Nikos Yiasou
Nikos Yiasou
Reply to  Rastislav Veľká Morava
September 28, 2017

Absolutely true!

lmimkac
lmimkac
Reply to  Wayne Blow
September 27, 2017

Before putting something even innocent down here, check a map, wiki, etc… As I keep saying, this response is a result of a typical anglo-sionist propaganda where sheep are so ignorant they do not bother to show it on public anymore. BTW, the CS Army was destroyed only, not rebuilt. That was not in the plan of the anglo-sionists…

samo war
samo war
September 27, 2017

Nikos Yiasou
Nikos Yiasou
Reply to  samo war
September 28, 2017

Krasna krajina, Mili l’udia,….d’jakuem.

Seán Murphy
Seán Murphy
September 27, 2017

Amazing how how these states find huge amounts of money for arms and weapons but can’t provide employment for their citizens.

Constantine
Constantine
Reply to  Seán Murphy
September 28, 2017

Totally spot on.

Trauma2000
Trauma2000
September 27, 2017

QUOTE: “In 2015, Slovak President Andrej Kiska announced that the country was ready to launch an across-the-board armed forces modernization, focusing on cutting its dependence on Russian military hardware.”

And this is the crux of what is happening. The U.$. wants Slovakia to spend MORE money. Russian military hardware is CHEAP and GOOD. Why by EXPENSIVE U.$. hardware when the Russian stuff is much better-bang-for-buck.

Maybe the fall in recruitment levels has something to do with Slovaks disagreeing with what NATO is doing more than any un-willingness to join the army..?

fairgo
fairgo
Reply to  Trauma2000
September 29, 2017

or both.

Freethinking Влади́мир
Freethinking Влади́мир
September 27, 2017

It’s same everywhere: if he economy attracts a bit, people are not joining the army that much. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Tony
Tony
Reply to  Freethinking Влади́мир
September 28, 2017

Keep whistling in the dark if it makes you feel better…but you’re not fooling anyone…all the EU armies are in disastrous shape.

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