Thousands of calls for participation in military drills sent out

In recent weeks, thousands of citizens and military reservists across Serbia have received calls to participate in military drills.

Attending these drills often requires time off from work or school, leading many to ignore the summons despite the legal obligation, which can result in fines or imprisonment.

The calls are being delivered to reservists in all regions of Serbia, and recipients are generally unpleasantly surprised,

Penalties include up to two months in prison

Responding to the drills is a legal obligation and if someone does not show up or justify their absence, they will have to pay fines ranging from 10,000 to 50,000 dinars or face up to 60 days in prison.

The Ministry of Defence’s website provides information about summoning reserve personnel, including schedules and military drills across Serbia.

According to the Law on Military, Labour and Material Obligation, reserve personnel can be called to participate in military drills for up to 90 days in a calendar year.

Drills can be interrupted or postponed in cases of illness, if a household member is simultaneously serving military service, taking exams, participating in international sports competitions, scientific, research and artistic events, due to death or severe illness in the family or in the event of a disaster causing severe material hardship.

Requests to postpone participation in a drill must be submitted to the territorial military authority where the person is registered within eight days of receiving the call.

Reservists who are employed are entitled to compensation equal to their average salary from the previous 12 months before being called.

Self-employed reservists are entitled to compensation based on the social security contribution base.

Unemployed reservists, agricultural workers, pensioners or men on unemployment benefits are entitled to financial compensation determined by the government for the duration of their military service or training.

(, 19.05.2024)

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