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Soldiers from Balti and Chisinau Take Military Oath

CHISINAU, March 22, 2019 — A new chapter is starting for about 200 soldiers from Balti and Chisinau who are taking the military oath today. These young men will have unique experiences that will temper them, will prepare them for maturity, and will make them understand the importance of the military service. And they, together with the other professional service members, will contribute to the National Army’s modernization, a project that we have started from the desire and necessity to have a better army that will make every citizen of the Republic of Moldova proud. The statement was made by Minister of Defense Eugen Sturza in Balti, during the oath taking ceremony that was also attended by National Army Commander, Brig. Gen. Igor Cutie.

Eugen Sturza added that, currently, the institution’s leadership is making efforts in order to re-establish the prestige of the military profession and this objective can be achieved only with the help of the conscripts who conduct the mandatory military service.

“This is a start for each of you, those over 120 soldiers who have taken the military oath today in Balti and, at the same time, a new beginning for the National Army. I wish to believe that it will be a good start. I encourage you to learn from your commanders the best practices and experiences, to learn the military art, and to be a good example for your comrades from the unit and the civilian environment,” said Eugen Sturza.

The ceremony also included presentations of wrestling and weapon-handling exercises and exhibitions of weapons, equipment, and vehicles.

Also today, other 60 soldiers who had been recently enlisted in Military Compound 142 from Chisinau have taken the military oath in the presence of representatives of the army’s Commanding Corps, parents, and relatives.

Deputy Chief of General Staff, Col. Eduard Ohladciuc, congratulated the young soldiers on this occasion and mentioned that, during the military service, they will have good conditions for their activities and training.

“You are our priority. This is why we have started a vast program for the renovation of military infrastructure. During this program, the barracks, canteens, and bathrooms have been repaired. In the following years, we will take care that the equipment, vehicles, training, and salaries are also improved,” stated Col. Ohladciuc.

After the ceremonies, the soldiers who had taken the military oath got a four-days leave.

The mandatory military service lasts 12 months.

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