Czech Republic: Military to recruit 200 more new soldiers in January

9 November 2011

Brezina, South Moravia, Nov 8 (CTK) - The Czech military want to recruit another 200 new soldiers in January after hiring some 150 recruits this year, First Deputy Chief of Staff General Miroslav Zizka told reporters Tuesday.

The military plans to recruit new soldiers four times a year, he added.

"We expect other 200 more recruits as from January 1," General Zizka said.

Further recruitment process is scheduled for April, July and October.

"The numbers (of recruits) will be naturally modified," Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra (senior ruling Civic Democrats, ODS) said.

Vondra recently announced that the military would recruit 600 and more people a year as from 2012 to prevent its ageing.

The recruitment was suspended in 2009 over austerity measures in the sector. It resumed this year only.

"The interest was quite high now. This was also caused by the fact that recruitment had been suspended for almost three years," Vondra said.

According to the Defence White Paper, setting the concept of development of the military in the next ten years, the military is losing competitiveness on the labour market.

The paper's authors also say the military accrued an internal debt of up to 90 billion crowns over overpriced and non-systemic investments and cuts in the budget in the past decade.

The Defence Ministry's budget for this year is about 49 billion crowns and the ministry is to get the same sum in 2012-13.