May 28th is Croatian Armed Forces Day. From the first assembly and roll call of the Croatian National Guard and Police at Kranjčevićeva Stadium on May 28th of 1991 in Zagreb, through victory in the Homeland War, to NATO membership, the Croatian Armed Forces have remained the backbone of Croatian independence.
In an interview to Croatian Radio today, the Chief of the General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces, Admiral Robert Hranj, said that attracting new recruits is one of the key challenges facing the armed forces moving forward: “It is clear that not just the army, but society as a whole is dealing with some demographic challenges. In the armed forces we experience that in a specific way, as it is becoming increasingly harder to attract a sufficient number of new recruits. To a certain degrees working conditions and living standard have had an affect on that. For this reason we will focus a significant part of our work on developing our education system and training, but also on raising the living standard of our soldiers. Unfortunately, there is no simple solution to this problem.”
Due to the poor weather today the ceremonial assembly and roll call, as well as accompanying program that were scheduled to be held at Zagreb's Jarun Lake, have been postponed until Monday, when Croatia observes Statehood Day.
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