In order for Hungary’s defence to be effective, it needs a competent, modern and technologically professional military, Defence Minister István Simicskó said at the oath-taking ceremony of some 700 new volunteer reservists at the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy of the Hungarian Armed Forces in Szentendre on Saturday.
In his speech, Simicskó called the oath-taking ceremony an important step in boosting Hungary’s reservist numbers. He noted that the armed forces had signed 1,600 reservists since last summer.
Hungary currently has about 6,600 reservists.
The goal is to have 30,000 active troops backed up by 20,000 reservists, the minister said.
Simicskó said the European Union was in a “spiritual crisis” and many are turning away from Christian faith, which he said puts Western civilisation at risk.
But Hungary is committed to European Christian values, he said. The Hungarian government saw the problems and threats facing Hungary and has protected the country from them, he said. The government’s measures included the protection of the southern border. Hungary’s border protection measures also keep the rest of Europe’s citizens and European Christian values safe, Simicskó added.