"The minister is serious"; Mandatory military service next year?
"Renewal of military service possible next year" "This year, the Assembly would have to make a decision on renewing it, and since the budget has already been adopted, I assume that there are not enough funds for a larger number of soldiers, but if it is legally regulated within this year, then next year military service could be resumed," Miladinovic concluded.
Miladinovi, in his capacity as the Chairman of the Assembly of the Club of Generals and Admirals of Serbia, said that a sufficient number of young people do not apply for voluntary service, as well as that, unfortunately, there is a "dropout" among professional soldiers.
Miladinovic said in the Belgrade Chronicle that some changes have taken place internationally since the time of the frozen military service, citing the membership of North Macedonia and Montenegro in NATO, the situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina pertaining to the Republika Srpska and the situation that the leadership in Pristina does not recognize international treaties they have signed.
"But all that would not significantly affect the need to renew military service, as much as the dropout of reserve personnel affects us. Every year we practically lose two generations - one generation that was not trained, and the other that is too old. In these ten years, we have lost 10 generations, meaning about 30.000 a year, and at the same time we lost 10 generations of people who stopped being drafted", Miladinovic explains.
As for the possibility of voluntary service, he states that not enough people apply.
"A sufficient number of young people do not apply for voluntary military service in relation to the planned number," Miladinovi states and assesses as absurd that the polls show interest.
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