Czechoslovakia: Information on military service including conscription and alternative service
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 July 1992|
|Citation / Document Symbol||CSK11139|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Czechoslovakia: Information on military service including conscription and alternative service, 1 July 1992, CSK11139, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ac521f.html [accessed 23 August 2014]|
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The most recent information on military service in Czechoslovakia is contained in the attached article, "Military Reform in Czechoslovakia" (RFE/RL, 7 Feb. 1992).
While conscription still exists in Czechoslovakia, the duration of service was reduced from 24 to 18 months in 1990 and will be reduced further to 12 months by October 1993 (Ibid. 49, 51). By the turn of the century it is hoped to have compulsory basic training for only 3 to 5 months (Ibid., 51).
The new military service law of 14 March 1990 introduced alternative civilian service for conscientious objectors and extended it to conscripts and professional soldiers already serving in the army (Ibid. 49).
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). 7 February 1992. Research Report [Munich]. Vol. 1, No. 6. Jan Obrman, "The Czechoslovak Armed Forces: The Reform Continues."