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Greece to scrap conscription in navy, airforce

Greece to scrap conscription in navy, airforce

Greece's Defense Ministry says it will scrap mandatory service in the navy and airforce in 2012 following defense spending cuts.
Defense Minister Evangelos Venizelos said Friday that during the transition these two branches of the armed forces will seek conscripts with specialist skills, including doctors and chemical engineers.
Military service in Greece is compulsory for all men aged between 18 and 45. A nine-month mandatory service will remain for the army.
In recent years, Greece's armed forces have become increasingly reliant on professional recruits.
Friday's measures were announced a day after defense spending cuts worth ⁈llion ($738 million) were revealed as part of the 2010 state budget.


Updated : 2022-01-23 08:01 GMT+08:00

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