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National Defense Service: NBS commander will support politicians’ decision; Opinions are divided among young people

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The Latvian National Defense Academy runs the commander’s military training course at the Summer Field Camp. PHOTO: Latvian National Defense Academy

A survey of representatives of coalition parties by Latvian Television revealed that coalition parties generally support the introduction of the mandatory national defense service, Panorāma reported.

Ainars Latkovskis, head of the Saeima group “Jaunās Vienotības”, believes that as Latvia’s combat capabilities increase, more prepared citizens are needed. The recommendation is also “For/For Development!” It is also supported by Andris Skride, vice president of the Saeima faction, agrees that the debate could be about women’s participation in compulsory service.

The National Defense Agency’s promotion is also supported by the “Conservatives” and the National League, suggesting that discussions are possible over service uniforms and other details.

NBS Commander Leonids Kalniņš emphasized the importance of the voluntary principle in an interview with LTV: “Providing the defense of Latvia is in principle the voluntary will of Latvian citizens and is also based on the voluntary principle of the Latvian defense system, which includes both the National Guard and the armed forces.”

At the same time, the NBS commander admitted that the wider community is also important in defense.

Meanwhile, views on compulsory service are divided among young people interviewed by LTV. The majority indicated that in the event of conscription, they would most likely choose alternative service in the Ministry of Interior, Health or Welfare structures.

Source: Tv Net

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