Commander-in-Chief: The general conscription could begin in 2027, the length of service is subject to change

At the beginning of this year, before the Russian war in Ukraine, the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defense presented a study on the assessment of universal military service.

It analyzes scenarios for the introduction of a universal call in 2028 or 2030.

According to the study, the initial investment in infrastructure, armaments, military equipment and machinery alone should reach at least € 415 million by the time the full call is made. if only the boys were called, and about € 1.5 billion if boys and girls were summoned.

Discussions about a possible faster global summons revived after Russia attacked Ukraine. This issue has become one of the cornerstones of the parties in the negotiations for a national defense agreement.

V.Rupšys interview 15min said an increase in the number of conscripts would be significant in terms of expanding the prepared reserve, which could be rapidly integrated into the armed forces, and would be a socially just move.

At the same time, however, he stressed the need to consider the universal vocation rationally, in a broader context, and “not to give in to emotions, no matter how beautiful it sounds.”

“It simply came to our notice then. But we need to talk about the possibilities for implementing it. Politicians should also say how we will implement this when they say it is needed to build up a reserve and increase the size of the armed forces. But this is not an easy task, “said the general.

According to the commander of the army, the army is still facing challenges due to the motivation of conscripts.

Photo by Duke Margiris Infantry Battalion / Conscripts

“It simply came to our notice then. “One should not deceive oneself that after receiving the summons, everyone is conscious and there are no good reasons not to serve,” he said.

According to the general, in order to prepare a larger reserve, it is necessary to see the whole context of capacity development – armaments, equipment acquisitions, infrastructure development, because not everything can be done at the same time.

The Commander of the Armed Forces emphasized that Lithuania is currently actively pursuing the deterrence and defense of the leading NATO brigade deployed in the country, it is important to strengthen the training of the Lithuanian Armed Forces nucleus, and all the necessary expenses.

According to V.Rupšis, arming one modern infantry, which would have an advantage over the Russian soldier, costs about 25 thousand. “huge sums” cost ammunition.

15min when asked how long it would be possible to prepare for a quality universal conscription after the political decision was made, the Commander of the Armed Forces named 2027.

According to him, by this date it is possible to train enough instructors, middle managers. The second stage of mechanization should also be completed within five years, artillery, drones and intelligence systems are expected to be developed, and the infrastructure at the Rūdnininkai landfill is planned to be developed.

“I think 2027 would be logical enough,” the general said.

According to him, with the expansion of the Lithuanian army, it is necessary to consider the increased use of civilian infrastructure.

A partial conscription was returned to the Lithuanian Armed Forces in 2015 in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

It is planned to change the length of service

At present, almost 4,000 people are called up for the army every year. 18-23 year olds and young people under 26 who have dropped out of school. It is considered to increase this number to 4.4 thousand in the near future.

After the introduction of the general convocation, it is considered that up to 6.1 thousand people could be summoned annually. boys, with girls – almost 12 thousand. young people.

The conscripts are currently serving for nine months.

According to V.Rupšis, this term may change – it can be differentiated according to the soldier’s competencies.

“It simply came to our notice then. There are ideas to differentiate according to the duties and competencies we want to develop, ”said the Commander of the Armed Forces.

“For example, in a compartment with 8 to 10 people, there are always two links. A chain leader with appropriate training could serve a third or twice as long as a shooter. But this requires solutions, including incentives, ”said V. Rupšys.

According to him, when considering the preparation of the reserve and the system of conscription, Lithuania is actively looking at the experience of Finland – a group of Lithuanian soldiers will soon take the experience to this country.

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