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June 12, 2021

Defence Ministry tries to compensate for lack of soldiers

After the shortage of physicians, teachers or IT programmers, Romania is facing now a shortage of soldiers. To solve the military cadres deficit, the National Defence Ministry (MApN) considered it should resort to drawing voluntary reserve cadres, daily ‘Adevarul’ reported. Specialists in the ministry also drafted a bill by which MApN could draw volunteers who may be mobilised in emergency situations or at time of war. Such a soldier would be paid RON 1,000 a month.

According to the bill, the volunteer reserve cadres will sign a fixed-term contract with the Defence Ministry. The first contract would be signed for four years, the subsequent ones for three years each, the newspaper said. Both men and women are wanted, for the ranks of soldiers, NCOs and officers. The bill does not set age limits, but the conventional age limits for soldiers and officers would, most likely, apply, that is, 18 to 45. Volunteer reserve cadres are to be paid the same amount as the other employees in similar positions within MApN. Namely, a soldier will be paid RON 1,000 a month, an NCO about RON 1,500, and a lieutenant approximately RON 1,700. The difference lies in the fact the reserve cadres would receive these wages only for the time they take part in missions or training. Outside this time, when away from the military unit, reserve cadres would receive monthly wages of 30 per cent of the military pay.

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