“We are concluding an extremely successful year in the defence, a year of our accession to NATO, after three long decades of aspiration, and that is why I can proudly say welcome to the Army, which is a member of the Alliance. The fact that you, 200 soldiers, have been selected from about 1,800 applicants, shows that you have shown great persistence and commitment to one day grow into proven professionals in the Army”, said the minister in her address to the new soldiers.
The Minister also said that investing in the Army starts with investing in the human potential and that the interest among young people for a place in the Army has increased, which has resulted in the plan to open an announcement in the first half of 2021 for another 250 professional soldiers.
“The army takes care of its members. Being part of the Army means having financial stability and career opportunity. About 200 candidates applied for the first competition three years ago for 125 places. But when our investments in the Army, in the equipment, salaries and compensations began, the picture changed dramatically and at the beginning of this year, 700 candidates applied for 70 positions. “Over 1,800 candidates applied on the announcement for 200 positions that you have managed to fill”, said Shekerinska, pointing out that courses for the production of non-commissioned officers have also started, and that the Army will receive 120 new non-commissioned officers.
The ceremony for the new professional soldiers was attended by the Chief of the General Staff of the Army, Vasko Gjurcinovski, and the Deputy Minister, Bashkim Hasani, who together with the Minister and members of the army leadership handed over the contracts to the young soldiers.