Czech Army stops recruiting

12-08-2009

The Czech Army has stopped recruiting soldiers due to the economic crisis. Deputy Chief of General Staff Josef Prokš told the Czech news agency ČTK on Wednesday that the army will not take on new recruits for at least another year, and it’s unclear when recruitment will resume. Due to the economic crisis, the Czech military is planning to let go 1800 employees by the end of the year, and another 2700 in the coming years. This will save some two billion crowns, or more than 109 million US dollars. Some recently-recruited soldiers have been complaining that the army is planning to let them go only months after they were taken on. The fully professional Czech Army employs 34 000 people, while 24 000 of them are soldiers.