The enlistment of the 2019 class of soldiers has been completed, at the Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos Training Centers. The enlistment process was conducted from 28 June to 5 July 2019, for those born between 1 January 2001 and 31 December 2001.
The enlistment process went smoothly in all Training Centers; the registration procedures and the health assessments were completed to determine the physical capacity of the Recruits and the military training period, and the selection procedure for the Reserve Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, and Special Forces have begun.
New ideas and innovations were introduced during this year's enlistment to help the Recruits adapt to the new environment and reduce the duration of the enlistment process. All of the Recruits of the 2019 class had the choice to receive all of their items several days before they had to enlist at the Training Centers. Based on data from the NGGS, 90% of the recruits preferred to follow this procedure, which demonstrates both the seriousness the new Soldiers demonstrate towards their militarization and, on the other hand, the sensitivity with which the National Guard General Staff deals with personnel matters.
The Minister of Defense, Mr. Savvas Angelides, the Chief of the National Guard, Lieutenant General Ilias Leontaris, and the Deputy Chief of the NG, Lieutenant General Costas Chrysiliou visited the Training Centers throughout the enlistment process. During their visits at the Training Centers, they noted the excellent organization and operation of the reception centers of the new Soldiers, the interest shown by the staff and their contribution to the smoother adaptation of the Recruits to the ranks of the NG, and the active response of the young Soldiers to the calling of their Homeland.
The above, in conjunction with the implementation from this year of the provisions of the MoD – CSO Protocol are expected to contribute to the reduction of draft evasion.
The oath-taking ceremony of the 2019 class will take place for all Recruits on 18 July at 19:00.