MIXED RECRUITMENT TO REMAIN DOMINATING PRINCIPLE IN ARMY - MINISTER

Tert.am
18:54 30.08.11

Mixed recruitment will remain a dominating principle in the Armed
Forces of Armenia, the Defense Minister has said.

Seyran Ohanyan made the statement on Tuesday as he visited a military
unit in the north-east of Armenia.

"Along with conscripts, we are also increasing the number of contract
servicemen," the minister told the reporters accompanying him.

He said the development of the system would pave way for building a
professional army. In that context he particularly noted that contract
service implies involvement of skilled young people into the army, a
factor that can help solve the social problems of contract servicemen
themselves.

Speaking of other major achievements, the minister pointed out to
the modernization and enrichment of military supplies.

"We are modernizing our military equipment, increasing our fighting
capacity. Besides it is also very important to improve discipline and
order," he said, adding that a number of reforms have been implemented
in the military in the past two years.

"An Armenian soldier guards his borders with honor, as he did during
the war in Artsakh [Karabakh]," Ohanyan added.