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Georgiades: Army service cut means ‘short-term cost, long-term benefits’

Georgiades: Army service cut means ‘short-term cost, long-term benefits’

By George Psyllides A cut in mandatory military service accompanied by recruitment of professional soldiers would have an immediate cost, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said on Monday, but it would be outweighed by the long term benefits. “There is an immediate fiscal cost because professional soldiers will be paid more than the nominal salary paid

Cyprus government to cut down national service to 14 months

The wheels have been put in motion to cut down National Service after Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides confirmed that a draft legislative proposal was on its way to parliament. Fokaides made the comments following Thursday’s cabinet meeting which gave the green light to cut down the National Service time to 18 months. He would not

Army officers ponder their future in post-solution Cyprus

Army officers are highly adaptable to changes and could easily switch careers should a Cyprus solution call for dismantling the National Guard, according to a study commissioned by the Cyprus Army Officers Association (CAOA). As talks for a settlement of the Cyprus problems continue intensively, the possibility of dismantling the National Guard is a distinct

Defence spending down almost 8 per cent since 2010

Cyprus’ defence budget decreased by almost 8 per cent between 2010 and 2015, according to the annual report on military forces in Cyprus, issued by the Cyprus Centre for Strategic Studies. The report notes that for every Cypriot National Guardsman there are 3.4 Turkish soldiers and adds that while the military situation in Cyprus remains

US revising Cyprus military standing after 41years

US congress paved the way for more American military equipment to be sold to Cyprus following a revision of its National Defence Authorisation Act for (HR 1735) the Fiscal Year of 2016. Congress had passed the new act with 71 in favour and 25 against meaning that a reassessment of Cyprus’ national defence strategy will