New impetus for Active Reserve Force
Three new defence laws came into effect on 1st July, 2016 which will increase the operational recruitment prospects of both career soldiers and members of the Active Reserve as well as improving interconnection between the two corps.
The main objective of these new laws is to ensure greater voluntary engagement of Czech citizens in defending their country. The Active Reserve law will now make it more attractive to join the reserve units since it combines both civilian and military jobs. The law also offers greater benefits to civilian employers.
Active Reserve soldiers can now be flexibly enlisted into Armed Forces activities on Czech territory and in foreign peace-keeping missions.
"The new legislation gives our citizens a stronger incentive to voluntarily participate in the defence of our country. In light of the present security situation, I consider this to be a very important factor. Compared to this time last year, interest in joining the Active Reserve has more than doubled this year, which means we are heading in the right direction," said Minister of Defence Martin Stropnicky.
There are 1,360 soldiers serving in Active Reserve units at present and their number has increased by more than 100 soldiers during the first half of this year. The ‘Concept of the Build-up of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic 2025’, approved by the Government last year, has set a target figure of 5,000 active reservists.
By Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek
July 4, 2016