The General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces has submitted a plan to reinstate compulsory military service to Serbian President Aleksandar. Serbian Defense Minister Miloš Vučević announced the move on Thursday, saying it is the result of a detailed review of the overall security situation in the region.
Vučević said the Defense Ministry was proposing compulsory military service of up to four months. “After 13 years, we have a need to fill the ranks of the reserves... Our security needs require us to have new recruits who will always be ready to protect the country. We understand the security risks. This is not a need that is characteristic of only Serbia – many European countries are reinstating compulsory military service,” the Serbian Defense Minister explained.
The official press release issued by the Department of Defense reads: “In order to increase the defense capabilities of the Serbian Armed Forces, through the rejuvenation and improvement of the filling and training of the active and reserve forces, the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces, as the highest professional and staff body for the preparation and use of the Serbian Armed Forces in peace and war, launched an initiative and proposed to the President of the Republic and the Commander-in-Chief Aleksandar Vucic the re-introduction of the mandatory military service of the Serbian Army for a period of up to four months.
“The proposal of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces comes after a detailed consideration of the general security situation and contemporary challenges faced by the Republic of Serbia as a militarily neutral country, which imposed the need to adjust the model of recruitment of the Serbian Armed Forces, which would enable the strengthening of the overall recruiting potential and the training of a larger number of citizens for the defense of our country.”