Enlisted ranks in the Army and Air Force within months – Portugal

Salary table will not be changed this year.

Sergio A. Vitorino 08:59

The Minister of Defense, Helena Carreiras, pledged this Monday, in Parliament, to move forward with the creation of a permanent staff of soldiers in the Army and Air Force. “I hope it will be possible in the coming months to complete the legislative process for this important measure”, which has been planned at least since 2019, said the minister.Stressing that people “are my first priority”, the minister added that the extended special contract regime (more than the 6 years of normal contracts for the Armed Forces) will be a reality “in another 14 specialties” in the Army. Helena Carreiras, who responded to the deputies in the debate on the Budget – which she claims to respond “directly” to the war in Ukraine -, also said that “we have to face the revision of the salary scale, with care and attention”. “I don’t foresee that this year we will be able to move forward,” she warned. He stated that returning to Mandatory Military Service “is meaningless”. “What we need is qualified military personnel, with technical skills,” he said. He announced that he wants to have in Parliament “by the end of the year” the bases for the revision of the Strategic Concept of National Defense and that he has already signed the directive for the revision of the Military Programming Law, with priority on “recovering deficits in maintenance and modernization of equipment”. , the adequacy of war reserves to levels compatible with the current geopolitical context”. It was also known that he signed the order for the modernization of the ‘Vasco da Gama’ frigates.
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