Lithuanian defense minister plans to revise system of incentives for military service

Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis plans to revise the existing system of incentives to serve in the military after the Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that giving preference to people who have completed their military service over other applicants for public service jobs is unconstitutional.

“We will undoubtedly look for and find other additional inducements to show that the state appreciates soldiers’ commitment,” Karoblis said in a comment sent to BNS.

“Some proposals have already submitted to the Seimas as part of a legislative package,” he added.

The minister pointed out, however, that many discussions about the advantages enjoyed by military service members neglect the fact that they are “the only group of society who take an oath to sacrifice their lives for the Motherland if needed”.

The Constitutional Court recognized as unconstitutional the existing procedure when a candidate with completed mandatory military service, basic military training or alternative service is prioritized over other candidates for the position of a civil servant when several candidates receive equal evaluation.

The court judged the existing practice to be creating “less favorable conditions for entering civil service or assuming the position of head of a state institution for citizens who have been exempt from military service due to objective circumstances provided for by the law, have had their service postponed or have been released from it early”.

Justice Minister Elvinas Jankevicius said that the ministry would ask the Seimas to amend the laws granting such advantages to servicemen.

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