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    Latvian parliament upholds proposal about volunteering for army reserve

    RIGA, May 18 (LETA) - The Latvian parliament today upheld in the first reading the draft legislative amendments under which Latvian citizens older than 18 years will be able to volunteer for the reserve of the National Armed Forces and to undergo certain military training.

    The amendments were proposed because a survey carried out by the National Armed Forces showed that there were quite many people in Latvia, who would like to volunteer for military training but did not want to join the Home Guard or the professional army, the representatives of the Defense Ministry and the armed forces said previously at the meeting of the parliamentary committee on defense, interior affairs and corruption prevention.

    The proposed bill defines the scope of training for volunteers to the army reserve and their social guarantees.

    It is also planned to allow Youth Guards, who have reached the age of 18, to volunteer for the army reserve upon completion of a special training course and taking of the soldier's oath.

    At present there are some 7,000 reserve soldiers in the National Armed Forces records. The Defense Minister wants to have 3,000 reserve soldiers trained and attached to a specific army unit by the end of 2018. In order to increase the number of reserve soldiers, citizens should be given an opportunity to volunteer for military training and to join the army reserve.

    • Published: 18.05.2017 11:52
    • LETA
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