After joining NATO Latvia has refused conscription and adopted the concept of a few (about 5,000 people) a professional army, which was largely focused on the fulfillment of international missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. To strengthen the National armed forces included the voluntary militia (Zemessardze). Thus, the official size of the military reserve on paper is equal to 13 thousand people.
Some time ago in Latvia began a public debate about the possible return of conscription, but the reaction of the Ministry of defense was extremely sharp. "The relevant question is who is interested to destroy a functioning system of defence of the state, which after years of reduced funding is restored and becomes a real force, and replace it with the soldiers of compulsory conscription or "cannon fodder"," — said in a statement released by the defense Ministry. The discussion quickly ended.
Lithuania and Estonia with such statement of a question do not agree.
- 1. Volunteers instead of recruits: how the army of Lithuania
- 2. Personal experience: wanted to change, got adventure and a test of
- 3. Total defense: how the Estonian army
- 4. Personal experience: course of the young fighter is "laying emphasis"