The Slovak Defence Ministry wants to open the active reserves also to citizens without previous military experience. According to the ministry’s spokesperson Martina Kovaľ Kakaščíková, it plans to submit the forthcoming amendment to the law on conscription to the government no later than in November.
"The draft amendment is currently the subject of an intra-ministerial comment procedure," she said. The ministry expects that it could come into force at the beginning of 2023. After the legislative changes, the reserves should be available to practically everyone who meets the criteria set by law.
Currently, a citizen who has already served in the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic, performed compulsory military service, undergone voluntary military training or served in one of the security forces (police, fire brigade, prison and judicial guard) can apply for inclusion in the active reserves.