Kyriakos Mitsotakis from the TIF podium announced changes in the army, with the increase of military service to twelve months being taken for granted.
It is the first change the government is preparing to promote as part of its reassessment of service and training in the Armed Forces.. At the moment the term is in 9 months, unlike the aviation and navy that are already in 12.
What led to the decision to increase military service
This is not the first time the military leadership has raised the issue, as relevant suggestions had been made to the previous government. The events in Evros and the tension in the last two months in the Aegean have made the discussion urgent and the need to make decisions. In recent weeks, the Prime Minister studied the data presented by the Ministry of National Defense and had in-depth discussions with the Chief of General Staff and his close associates to make the final decisions..
According to reports, is estimated to increase by 15% the number of those serving in the army with the increase of their term of office 9 in 12 months. This staff is considered necessary, according to sources, for better manning of units at the borders and islands. When asked, yesterday, at the press conference Mr.. Mitsotakis photographed the intention of the government and assured that their term will not exceed 12 months for no body, as, as he said: "I can tell you for sure that the term will not be extended beyond 12 months. I take this for granted ".
All open for compulsory military service in 18 years
Things are quite different for conscription 18, issue also raised by the Prime Minister. The task is not easy, not only for political reasons, but also for a number of other parameters that have to do with the armed forces themselves and the skills of those classified, which are often necessary to staff units such as sanitary or engineering.
According to reports, The relevant elaboration by the Staffs is in progress and the final suggestions to the Maximos Palace will be made in the near future. As Mr. said. Mitsotakis "we have not made a final decision, we have to weigh it and see how useful compulsory military service is at 18 ", adding that he is waiting to be convinced that such a change "will have significant added value".
In the first phase, the government's goal was to raise the issue in the public debate and to start the relevant ferment both at the political level and in society itself.. On the positive side of such a significant change, the Prime Minister mentioned the facilitation of the planning of the Armed Forces, while, as he said, "It creates a system of equality for all, they all come in the same age. If anyone has gone to University, as is the case in other countries, in Israel, in Cyprus, will simply postpone his admission to the University for one year, and will serve his military service at 18 ".