National Army is celebrating its 18-and anniversary. Yesterday the President of the Republic of Moldova, Chief of the Armed Forces Vladimir Voronin congratulated those present in the Central House of the Army. Here are excerpts from a speech by the Commander in Chief.
I thank the National Army for the sterling service in the security zone of the Republic of Moldova. After entering the peacekeeping force in the Transnistrian region did not hear a single shot against the civilian population.
Not least, the National Army adequately represents the country internationally. For example, during the peacekeeping mission in Iraq, the Republic of Moldova has proved with the national army, under the present conditions of security National security means much more than military power or defense; it means and cooperation, and new opportunities, and active participation. All these years, the presence of Moldovan military operations in Iraq has been a constant and effective. There is no doubt the fact that, helping to stabilize and rebuild Iraq, 6 contingents of troops completed their mission without human losses, and that pleases the most.
Thanks to the cooperation of the National Army with its counterparts in European countries in Moldova carried out various social projects. The destruction of the oxidant "blend" of anti-missile complexes "Hurricane" and not subject to the use of pesticides - these are just some of the projects in which the National Army decisively contributed to address the environmental threats to the territory of the Republic of Moldova.
Over the past two years, investment in upgrading the military infrastructure amounted to about 35 million lei. In this regard, I would like to mention the modernization of the military training base in Bulboaca, where construction of a new military camp with modern infrastructure. Carried out a complete modernization of military communications systems, to ensure the construction or renovation of barracks, dining halls, other buildings, resulting in personnel are soldiers of adequate conditions of service and living, and they will be able to perform military service at the highest level.
The government has given increased attention and social protection of servicemen. Thus, we were able to pay cash compensation in the amount of 127 million lei to buy apartments of approximately 200 families of military personnel on active duty and reserve troops. We understand that in this direction remain debt. With regard to social protection of servicemen, I have always insisted on increasing their salaries. Since 2001, the salaries of military personnel and military retirees has increased six times. National Army changed its procedures call boys. Military service is reduced on the initiative of the country from 18 to 12 months.
Currently, the army - one of the few public institutions, where in addition to military training, physical and psychological development, life skills and abilities of young men brought up in a patriotic spirit. Every year the National Army called about 3000 youths.
Ceremony obtain the rank of lieutenant and awarding of diplomas's degree first issue in the Military Institute of the Armed Forces. Alexandru cel Bun held on the eve of 15 th anniversary of independence of the Republic of Moldova. Then the national army joined the 99 newly made officers.
To date, the priority tasks of human resources is the transformation of the Military Institute. Alexandru cel Bun in the Military Academy. Over the past two years, the Military Institute allocated about 2 million lei, which went to the gas supply, repair plumbing and heating system, to perform other work related to infrastructure.