In 2015, with the security environment on NATO‘s eastern frontiers deteriorating as a result of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, Lithuania made a rather sudden and dramatic decision to resume the mandatory military draft and thus […]
The idea to implement universal military conscription has revealed the nation‘s sore. With Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis announcing that universal conscription where all youths leaving school would be called to serve being potentially implemented from 2019, calculations have appeared that the number of those suitable to serve would only reach 6,000. […]
Lithuania needs a bigger defence budget to ensure cyber security and prepare for universal military conscription, says Vytautas Bakas, chairman of the parliament’s Committee on National Security and Defence, which has recently called on political parties to commit to increasing defence spending to 2.5 percent of GDP in 2020. […]
Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has declared that universal compulsory military service could already be established during the Seimas term, that is to say within the coming 3.5 years. How would this work? Is universal compulsory […]
When Lithuania reintroduced military conscription last year, politicians were throwing around promises of various benefits to sweeten the deal for the country’s youngsters who were suddenly facing nine months of military service. Some of them have found that these promises should have been taken with a grain of salt.
Lithuania’s government will decide what Lithuania’s military should look like in 6 years under new plans for defence spending. Military planning guidelines indicate that 4,000 mandatory basic service soldiers will complete their mandatory conscription every […]
Lithuanian conscript Martynas Jurkus died in a Lithuanian military hospital on Monday due to an acute infectious disease. Military representatives have denied allegations that the conscript’s rapid deterioration in medical condition could have occurred due to unsuitable food, but an official medical analysis is still forthcoming. […]