223 Professional Members Joined the Serbian Armed Forces from the Beginning of the Year
Monday, 19.2.2018 | News
Minister of Defence Aleksandar Vulin and Chief of General Staff of the SAF General Ljubiša Diković attended today the training in the Army Training Centre in the barracks “Heroes of Cer” in Šabac.
Minister of Defence Aleksandar Vulin and Chief of General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces General Ljubiša Diković attended today the training in the Army Training Centre in the barracks “Heroes of Cer” in Šabac and on that occasion visited the soldiers “generation December 2017” serving voluntary military service at the stationary camping.
Deputy Commander of the Army Training Centre in Šabac Lieutenant Colonel Milomir Rajić reported on the mission and use of the establishment and conduct of the training.
Minister Vulin and General Diković, accompanied by the Deputy Commander of the Training Command Brigadier General Jelesije Radivojević observed a demonstration of the training for pontoon platoon and company of engineer speciality at the training ground of pontoon specialities on the Sava River – the training included folding a ferry bearing 60 tons and consisting of three floating segments, connecting a towboat to the ferry, and embarking, transporting and disembarking a motor vehicle FAP from a vessel.
After addressing the participants of the demonstration, the minister of defence reminded that the Serbian Armed Forces attached great attention to training of its members.
- Today we saw the young soldiers capable of dealing with the greatest challenges and, as their training progresses, they will demonstrate how much more they are trained and ready and that they can be counted on. Last year, 1458 professional soldiers were admitted to the Serbian Armed Forces and this year we expect that this number will increase and that we will receive into our ranks more than 1500 professional soldiers – Minister Vulin said and added that since January until now 223 professional soldiers had been admitted and that it was expected that the process would continue.
The minister of defence pointed out that the armed forces were manning the formation, their units but to the extent that follows the betterment of both financial status of the members and provision of ever more new and modern assets and equipment that the men will use, so then we will with certainty count on ever growing number of candidates for the active service who desire to become the members of the Serbian Armed Forces.
- The Serbian Armed Forces are certainly one of the most renowned and the most loved institutions in our people, but it is necessary for the armed forces to be a good employer so that the military profession is appealing to every our citizen and that is why we will continue insisting on training and on betterment of financial status of our members – Minister Vulin said.
Chief of General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces General Ljubiša Diković pointed out that they had witnessed a highly complex training that day.
- You had an opportunity to see that soldiers were encountering water for the first time, and that was something unfamiliar to them as well as the technique to be used to overcome the task. I wish to emphasise the good work of the instructors, good and disciplined work of the soldiers and all that confirms that our training in the armed forces is absolutely committed and oriented towards achieving better results and to train our soldiers within the time given to operate the assets and equipment – said General Diković and once again reminded that the training on the river was particularly complex and required extremely high measures of precaution and specialist knowledge and assets in good working order.
- That is what we have generally seen today. It can, of course, always be better, but day after day the potentials should be strengthened both methodologically and materially and the results are sure to come. I am pleased with the work of the soldiers and superior officers and I thank the minister for being with us today and for attending this significant part of soldiers’ training in voluntary military service – said the Chief of General Staff and added that such and similar training and the relation towards the men would contribute to an increase in interest in professional service in the Serbian Armed Forces.