THE call-up for the second wave of professional soldiers was announced on Friday. Unlike last year, this year women and current conscripts can also apply after the relevant legislation was recently amended.
Candidates must be under 32 years old, have a school leaving certificate, a clean criminal record and a good command of the Greek language. Those who have completed their military service should have done so with a I1 or I2 fitness class.
Contracted soldiers will receive €1,127 a month plus a 13th salary. The contracts will initially be for a year but can be renewed three times for three-year stints up to a maximum of ten years’ service. On leaving the army, soldiers can earn a bonus linked to their salary and time served, provided they complete three and a half years in total. Positions in the army and police are available after they quit their position.
Working hours will be from 7am to 2pm, five days a week but not excluding duty shifts, identical to the National Guard’s permanent staff, with 20 days holiday a year, the EU minimum and 28 paid sick leave days which could be extended for another 14 days on an army doctor’s orders. Free medical treatment in state hospitals will be provided to contracted soldiers and their wives and children. Uniforms will be provided free, as will buses to the camps.
Soldiers will be able to enhance their job skills during service. Fees at private universities with which the defence ministry already has cooperation agreements will be reduced by up to a half for afternoon and night classes. There is a scholarship scheme and a vocational training scheme in place for special positions.
An exercise and sports package in cooperation with the Cyprus Sports Organisation is also available.
Applications should be submitted via the website www.newarmy.mod.gov.cy from May 26 to June 14.
The call-up will take place every year in May to supplement the numbers.
It is part of the move to a more professional army which is directly linked to the 2016 reduction of military service for conscripts to 14 months.
The first 3,000 successful recruits signed an initial one-year contract in October last year and were trained in November.