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Saeima speaker considers restoring compulsory military service in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian Saeima speaker Inara Murniece predicts compulsory military service will be restored in Latvia in the near future.

In an interview to 900 Seconds programme of LNT on 10 March, Murniece said compulsory military service should be restored in the country. Until then, she said, it is necessary to finish the work that has been commenced in defence.

«First we need to sort out the defence sector. Only then will it be possible to consider restoring compulsory military service. For example, we are considering introducing military education in schools and colleges. Work has already commenced on strengthening the National guard,» Murniece added.

Latvian Defence Minister’s office had previously explained that restoration of compulsory military service and its maintenance would require significant human and financial resources, as well as a lot of time for preparation to ensure this system yields results.

Restoration of compulsory military service would require the use all available resources of the professional military service, including the National Guard. This means complete reformation of the professional service. The National Guard is the best source of instructors and officers to train newcomers. This also means the National Armed Forces would lose all combat capabilities for three to five years.

To inspect soldiers, recruit new ones and ensure their compliance with requirements, it would be necessary to create a centre with staff of at least 300. Estonia has such a centre, and it has around 400 staff. In addition, it would be necessary to create regional recruitment centres with appropriate personnel and infrastructure. All in all, it would create a major administrative burden on NAF and increase expenses, Defence Ministry concluded.

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