Radical changes in military service: Finland model is coming

Mon, 15 Jan 2024 11:45 GMT
The army is undergoing a radical change. Minister of National Defence Nikos Dendias stated that the aim is to transform "service - drudgery" into "service - opportunity".
Radical changes in military service: Finland model is coming

Greece is undergoing radical changes in its armed forces. According to experts, the radical changes in the military field reflect a general change of mentality in the organisation of the Armed Forces.

Within this framework, the military service will be changed according to the Finnish model. Conscripts will be able to learn about new technologies and utilise them in their professional careers.

As Minister of National Defence Nikos Dendias stated in Sunday's Kathimerini newspaper, the ministry's goal is to transform "service - drudgery" into "service - opportunity".

Minister Dendias said: "First of all, we will adapt the Finnish model to our needs, where the service provides the soldier with opportunities, but also gives him regular retraining, integrates him into a unit where he can function in the future, following new weapons systems, new doctrines, new possibilities. We are moving to a new reality in the service. We will do this gradually, aiming for a broad social and political consensus."

Dendias continued: "But the units that exist today, scattered throughout the country, with occupancy rates of 25 per cent and 30 per cent, I don't think can be the reality of the 21st century, if we want to respect ourselves and the needs of our homeland."

When asked whether these changes would also lead to an increase in length of service, Dendias replied that this was not the case: "No, it does not mean an increase in service time. If you increase non-productive time, you simply gain nothing. What is needed is a different approach."

"We believe in a citizens' army. Of course with professional cadres, but not only with professional cadres. From now on, this citizens' army must be integrated into well-trained and combat-ready units in order to have a value that can be called an army," Dendias concluded:

"Units with a 25 per cent occupancy rate to be completed with 75 per cent of untrained reservists are not combat-ready units. There is no one who can claim this."

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