Speaking for the Dec. 5 edition of the Blic daily, Defense Minister Milos Vucevic said that basic military training should be obligatory for all Serbian male citizens aged 18 to 30, and even those “who have entered their fourth decade.”
While Vucevic believes that the training of citizens over 30 should be shortened to three weeks, he insisted that an expert panel on military service in Serbia has yet to take place.
“The purpose of reintroducing mandatory military service is to train future generations in responding to emergency situations, so that the citizens of Serbia will be safe. [People] get anxious in the face of floods and fires, and don’t know how to react,” the minister explained.
Vucevic underlined that the reintroduction of mandatory basic training is not about preparing for war, but rather to provide a military that can serve the public.
“I believe we should reintroduce [mandatory] military service. Whether it will last three weeks, three months or another length of time, it should absolutely be done,” Vucevic concluded.