Vucic: Most young people would like to see the return of conscription

The majority of Serbian citizens between the ages of 18 and 29 are in favour of the state re-introducing conscription, said Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic, in a TV appearance yesterday.

He added that 48 percent are in favour, while 39 percent oppose the idea.

“When we look at the segment of 18 to 29-year-olds, 48 percent of them are in favour of conscription returning, while 39 percent are against it. The rest are for something in between. However, it is interesting to note that over half of those 39 percent who are against mandatory military service think that Serbia is not doing enough and that it has to react forcefully regarding the Kosovo issue,” Vucic said.

He also said that among those who support conscription, only 42 percent think the same.

Vucic did not state where he got these statistics from. “We will see if it (military service) will last 90 or 100 days, or maybe 110 days,” he said earlier. “As well as when it will be introduced and how the financial and logistical assumptions will be fulfilled.”

Opposition politicians and other critics of a draft have questioned the logic of a military buildup when Serbia is almost completely surrounded by NATO member countries which have superior firepower in case of a conflict. There are also concerns that the government may struggle to foot the bill for a larger military.

(, 06.02.2024)

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