In the event of war, Spain would mobilize young people between 19 and 25 years old

In the event of war, Spain would mobilize young people between 19 and 25 years old
In the event of war, Spain would mobilize young people between 19 and 25 years old

With the situation of war and instability currently experienced in Europe and Middle East, many countries are preparing for a possible escalation of conflicts. One of the possibilities that everyone considers is that of being attacked and in this situation they consider what to do if the troops in their armies are not enough.

In Spainthe Armed forces count on 120,000 troops. In the event that a conflict requires more, the military career law, approved in 2007, contemplates three types of reservists: those of special availability, voluntary and mandatory. Voluntary reservists and those with special availability are a group made up of soldiers who left the Army when they turned 45 and civilians who have requested to join the Armed Forces. There would be a total of 8,000 people.

If this is not enough, the Government can ask Congress for authorization to call up civilians who have not been linked to the Army. In this case it would affect the young people between 19 and 25 years old. Once the corresponding medical examinations have been passed, those who are declared fit should join the Armed Forces.

Although it is possible to declare yourself a conscientious objector and then they would be assigned to entities of general interest in which weapons are not used.

Germany is already thinking about recovering the mandatory military service

In Germany They have already considered the need to recover the mandatory ‘military’. At the end of February of this year, the Security Conference of Munichwhere Boris PistoriusMinister of Defense of Germany, was ‘sympathetic’ to the Swedish model of recruitment. In Swedenwhen young people finish secondary education they undergo a medical examination that determines their physical suitability to be part of the army, and if positive, they are called up.

On the other hand, if young people wish, they can volunteer. In recent years the number of volunteers has not made it necessary to call anyone to provide mandatory service.

After the Security Conference, the German Defense Minister made a trip to the Scandinavian countries close to Germany to learn first-hand about their recruitment policies.

The German newspaper ‘Der Spiegel’ published on March 5 an internal instruction from the Ministry of Defense in which it declares that “it intends to make a decision on the direction of compulsory military service before the end of this legislative period.” Which means it should pass through the German parliament before the 2025 elections.

End of the ‘military’ in Spain

In our country it was after the victory of José María Aznar in 1996 when people began to believe in the possibility of ending an obligation that by then already had widespread social rejection and numerous groups dedicated to the promotion of civil disobedience and insubordination. Many of these groups rejected both military service and substitute social benefits, considering it a ‘legal kidnapping’ by the state.

When the popular government needed the support of the Catalan nationalists in 2001, Jordi Pujol He demanded the suppression of the ‘military’ among other things in exchange for their votes. Since January 2002, the Spanish army has been staffed by volunteers. Own Pedro Sanchezwho performed his military service in Cáceres and graduated in 1996, said about his time in the army: “It was a waste of time.”

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