Conscription Amendment Act passes through 1st reading

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The Conscription Amendment Act received its formal first reading by SVK MPs in Parliament. Once it becomes law, Active Reservists will train under better conditions as from May 2018. The MOD-sponsored Amendment Act was approved by the SVK Security Council and Cabinet in November 2017.
 
The Amendment Act was formulated with the lessons learned from the pilot Active Reserves (AR) project in mind, when the SVK Armed failed to meet the required AR target levels. Being a vital component in delivering the defence of the State, the AR project is among the priorities of the MOD and the SNS Party. Based on the requirements of the Armed Forces, the MOD came up with the Amendment Act to offer more incentives, including for the self-employed.
 
A new change applies to the option to transfer soldiers into the Active Reserves. Under the new piece of legislation, the soldier in the reserves who holds the rank one below or two higher than the rank required for the specific positions to be staffed will qualify for the Active Reserves.
 
As to the novelties to be introduced by the Amendment Act, they include salary reimbursement not only for employees but also for the self-employed. And there is also good news for employers. For the employeeʼs period of absence from work in favour of the Active Reserves, employers will be entitled to the repayment of the costs associated with the payment of premiums for social and public health insurance. At the same time, the Amendment Act specifies that an active reservist is entitled to a commensurate part of rank-based pay only for the period of time spent on regular training or when performing tasks in favour of the SVK Armed Forces.
 
Another new element is the arrangement of the provisions on non-attendance by active reservists at regular training activities and the obligation for active reservists to report changes to the conditions of their assignment to commanders.

Author: MO SR - KOd, Photo: MO SR - KOd - Date: 30.01.2018
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