Compulsory military service is excluded, but there is a concern at the Defense Ministry’s level for voluntary military service, the Minister of National Defense, Angel Tîlvăr, said on Monday.
“Compulsory military service is out of question. There is currently no discussion about this. Regarding the voluntary military service (…) there is a need for a reserve, every army poses the problem of the reserve. There was a time when, on a contractual basis, receiving 30% of the salary, two weeks a year there was a certain training and there was a selection and a competition in which this reserve was ensured. At the moment, there is a concern at the level of the ministry for this voluntary military service, which comes to satisfy the need for a reserve, because in any country in the world there is also this concern, to ensure the reserve of the army”, Tîlvăr told Euronews.
The minister recalled that there is a project regarding a military internship of several months, for people between 18 and 35 years old, who will receive a bonus at the end. The aim of this project is to have “a reserve”, the minister said.
“The Romanian army went from over 320,000 men, it reached the situation of having around 80 (thousands – n.r.), about 75,000 soldiers, about 14,000 or 15,000 contract personnel and I think 407 or 408 civil servants. So, numerically, the army has decreased and categorically, the operational needs are what they are, they are also motivated by the situation we are in, because it is a situation that has not been in Europe for a very long time”, explained the Defense minister. He emphasized that Romania “is not in danger of war, it is not in danger of being attacked”.