Budapest, August 4 (MTI) – The number of volunteer reserves registering with Hungary’s armed forces has significantly increased since 2010 as a result of the Defence Ministry’s efforts, daily Magyar Hírlap said on Thursday.
The Hungarian army had as few as 17 volunteer reserves in the year of the change of government, the paper said.
As a result of recruitment efforts, the army now has 5,500 volunteer reserves, one-fifth of whom are civilians ready to be deployed to help with operations, it said, citing data by the ministry.
Last year the number of newly registered volunteer reserves was 882 and by the end of June this year their number was 344.
Most of the reserves, 53 percent, are aged between 46-56. Twenty percent of them are older than 57 and 11 percent are younger than 30, the paper said.