No increased security threat, or financial justification to reinstate mandatory military service

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There is no increased security threat in the country to reinstate mandatory military service, which would require significant additional financial resources, Macedonian Defense Minister Slavjanka Petrovska said in an interview with MIA following the meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Brussels on Friday.

“When discussing the possibility of reinstating military service, we need to be aware of the consequences or challenges that the country may face. First and foremost, we do not have an increased security threat to justify the return of military service. However, not only in terms of the threat, this would also entail investing significant additional financial resources and, more importantly, it would mean that all those who reach the age of 18, if recruited, will not be able to actively participate in the labor market during that period, nor continue their educational process in a timely manner,” said Minister Petrovska.

 

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