Will Croatian National Service Be Back Next Year?

Lauren Simmonds

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June the 29th, 2024 – Could Croatian national service make a return as early as next year? Answers were provided to this and more by the Ministry of Defence.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, if Croatian national service is reintroduced, what will the military training involved look like? Will the planned compensation of 900 euros be sufficient motivation for young people to serve in the army? What awaits those who appeal to their conscience and will the potential return of Croatian national service be decided on via a referendum? All of the above questions were answered recently.

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“The training will be conducted by the Croatian Armed Forces, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia (GSOSRH) is in charge of preparing that document. They’re more than ready to do that work. All the details have not been finalised, they will be known when they are sent to the government and also to Parliament,” revealed the State Secretary at the Ministry of Defence, Branko Hrg for a Croatian Radio (HRT) show. He added that his ministry is “100% ready to present these proposals”.

Defence Minister Ivan Anušić has previously announced on several occasions that ready to start the training process for Croatian national service as of the 1st of January 2025. Additional locations where this could be carried out are now being considered. The General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia is making preparations regarding personnel, methods of implementation and imagined costs, he added.

which generation will be “generation zero” for croatian national service?

“We need to decide which generation will be “generation zero”, as in – which generation the reintroduction of Croatian national service will begin with. All conscripts are between the ages of 18-27. The system cannot accommodate such a large number of people at once,” he continued. He emphasised that “generation zero” will be assigned an invitation, and the others will be able to apply voluntarily.

“It will involve 15,000 young people each year. Some of them will have health issues making them unfit to be called up, so that number will certainly end up being lower,” he added.


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