Polish government adopted a draft law on the defense of the Fatherland
The Polish government has adopted a bill on the defense of the Fatherland, which includes increase in the number of soldiers to approx. 300,000 and an increase in defense spending, due to Poland's membership in NATO to 2.5% of GDP by 2024 and the technical modernization of the army, the Chancellery of the Prime Minister reported
Work on the shape of the comprehensive law on the defense of the Fatherland was conducted under the direction of the Committee of the Council of Ministers for National Security and Defense Affairs, headed by Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński. The purpose of the regulation is, inter alia, modernization of the army and increasing its numbers.
NATO members, in accordance with the requirements, should spend at least 2% of GDP on defense. Poland fulfills this obligation. Thanks to the new regulations, we will reach 2.5% of GDP in 2024. This is 6 years earlier than previously assumed.
Currently, the Polish Army numbers about 111.5 thousand. professional soldiers and 32,000 soldiers of the Territorial Defense Forces. The new regulations provide that the Polish army will ultimately be increased to approx. 300,000 soldiers, 250,000 professional soldiers and 50,000 soldiers of the Territorial Defense Forces.
The project envisages the introduction of voluntary essential military service, and the passage through the candidate of the annual training will give him the right to enter the professional service.
The draft law on the defense of the Fatherland introduces:
- simplification of recruitment mechanisms,
- increasing the reserve staff,
- introducing a system of incentives for candidates for military service,
- more flexible promotion rules,
- liquidation of the "glass ceiling" for privates and non-commissioned officers,
- a system of remuneration for students of military studies at the level of professional soldiers of the same degree.