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February 9, 2023
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Romanian Army building reserves with paid volunteers

Manpower shortage has determined Defence Ministry officials to resort to an unusual method of drawing in recruits: enlisting paid volunteers, ‘Evenimentul Zilei’ writes. The initiative has already been translated into a draft law on the statute of volunteer reservists, a draft that is now on the Government’s table. According to it, monthly pay is not the only benefit the state will offer “volunteers.” In case they lose their job during this crisis period they could enroll in state-financed professional training. Their employers could also stand to gain since they will be paid damages for the period in which reservists are called for duty. The ones willing to become “volunteer reservists” will have to fulfil two primary conditions: lack of a criminal record and perfect knowledge of the Romanian language. The eligible ones, however won’t be able to back out of being called for duty. If they change their minds they will have to pay the costs of their recruitment. Those that end up signing a contract with the Army will have during their training period a monthly pay equal to the one of a volunteer soldier (ranging from RON 700 to RON 1,200) but also other benefits: meals, R&R tickets, and defence courses.


A “volunteer” reservist would end up being paid RON 400 after the training period.

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