Interest in active deposits in the Czech Republic is growing. Ten times more people have reported to the army since the start of the war in Ukraine iROZHLAS

The army is trying to cope with the onslaught of new candidates for the active reserve. Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine registers ten times more people. From mid-February to present, 2,300 people have signed up for the active reserve. However, the army lacked the capacity for such a large number of candidates, so now it must increase them. So-called reservists replenish the armed forces in the event of a threat to the state, a state of war or crises such as floods or coronavirus pandemics.




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There are now more than 3,500 people in the active reserves, this year the army plans to increase that number by another 1,200. Photo illustration | Photo: Michaela Danelova | Source: iROZHLAS.cz

“I did a report in the run-up to the Ukrainian crisis, but it was her who confirmed that it was a good decision,” Jan Petr told Radiožurnál.

Interest in active backups is growing

He applied in December and is just one step away from entering the active reserve. He has an interview and a medical examination. He wants to go to Vyškov for a month of training as soon as possible.

He currently works in the Department of Justice, so he had a clear idea of ​​the active forward unit he was interested in. “I am a lawyer by training, so I was mainly interested in the activities of the military police. I contacted them and we agreed operationally that they could use my knowledge there,” he explains.

Above expectations

Interest in active reserves has exceeded Army expectations. “If we used to get called in by dozens of people interested in active reserve service a week, then now there are hundreds. It’s a huge onslaught that we have to deal with and we want to do face,” says Ludvík Cimburek, adviser to the Chief of the General Staff.


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Before the war in Ukraine, entering the active reserves took at least four months, due to the large number of applicants, this period is being extended, according to Cimburk. “We all hope that we will be able to manage the huge wave that rose last month by the end of the year. But there will certainly be people who will fail until next year precisely because , for example, they can’t start basic training in the fall,” he explains.

This is why the army, for example, has already increased the capacity of people in the recruitment centers. Colonel Iva Bednářová, in charge of recruitment for the armed forces, is now dealing with other changes so that those concerned do not wait long months for their turn. For example, they have to deal with the fact that a third of the candidates come from Prague and the surrounding area.

“It is no longer possible to communicate with interested parties as we used to. We now invite them several times a day in small groups. The recruiters in Prague are supported by their colleagues from other recruiting centers. From this Saturday, all recruiting centers will be open to the public across the country,” he said.

The army also added basic training courses in Vyškov. She set the dates for June, August, September and November. Midfielders will learn basic military skills, such as shooting an assault rifle, pistol, or how to survive on the battlefield.

But according to Bednářová, medical examinations are now a big problem. Physicians are not solely in charge of active advance applicants.


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“At the same time, he must provide medical care to citizens of the Czech Republic or active professional soldiers. The necessary measures are being taken for this. The director of the military health care section has prepared solutions for the chief of ‘general staff on Monday,’ the colonel said, but she did not want to specify them yet.

In addition, some candidates will not arrive on the dates of the medical examinations, and the delay will be lost. The army has therefore started sending SMS alerts to interested people two days before the inspection and is trying to fill vacancies with deputies.

There are now more than 3,500 people in active reserves, and this year the military plans to increase that number by another 1,200.

Jana Magdoňová

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