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Suspension of conscription in Serbia within a few days

Craig McKinley, the head of the US National Guard reviewing troops in Belgrade, during a visit in September 2010 (credit: Serbian Army)

Conscription will be abolished in Serbia on January 1. On December 15, the national Parliament voted for the decision suspending compulsory military service (currently six months) and the professionalization of the army.

The service will thus be carried out in the form of voluntary commitment. The obligation to serve in the reserves may be imposed only on those who have served in the civilian or military framework of the army. The future army should have a size of approximately 10.000 men/women who will join it after three months of training. The pay of the average soldier could also be doubled.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).