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Army Abolishes Conscription
August 13, 2008   
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This year is the last year of military conscription in Poland, said Prime Minister Donald Tusk at a military oath-taking ceremony in Cracow Aug. 3. Tusk said that he was keen to do away with conscription for two reasons. "Not only is it an outdated burden for young men, but it's also an ineffective way of building a defense force," he said. "The last draft will be in December and that'll be the end of conscription."

Tusk added that what Poland needed most was an army of highly trained professionals. This, he said, would make Poland's armed forces "stronger and more effective than at any time in history." He called on all those charged with national security to build "an army of choice, not conscription."

Poland's armed forces are expected to have 120,000 career soldiers and 30,000 reservists.
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