Speaking on Croatian Radio, Banožić said he tried to research the subject in recent months.
He said almost two in three citizens supported mandatory military service, but added that the motive for introducing it was important, and that was security and stability.
Parents are for introducing conscription first and foremost as an educational measure, which is not the right motive, he said.
Croatia needs security, stability and serving one’s country as the motive, ideals which are the foundations of the Croatian army, courage and the desire to feel secure and whole, Banožić said.
Croatian society still has to deal with this subject a lot, but reintroducing mandatory military service is the right step, he added.
Asked if there was a road map and when that could be expected, he said that for now the ministry was researching public opinion and how to manage the process because of the sensitive subject.
Especially considering that once you abandon such a model, bringing conscription back is a much tougher challenge, he added.
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