Sunday, April 19, 2009

Guatemalan Military Recruiting 2,000 New Soldiers

Two thousand new soldiers will be recruited into the Guatemalan Army. The new soldiers will come from the jurisdictions in the north and western parts of the country, said the Defense Minister Abraham Valenzuela.

The minister explained that these areas have people who are interested in military service. The army is looking for new troops aging from 18 and 29 years.

New acquisitions will cover the gap that exists within the armed forces due to reductions effected by the previous government.

The actual call to enlist has not yet come, however. In the coming weeks an allocation of Q150 million will be released by the Ministry of Defense and then the call will come for interested parties to join the ranks of the Army.

The minister said that the amount approved will activate the army brigades in San Marcos, Quetzaltenango, Playa Grande, and Quiche, Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz and another unit in Izabal will be activated.

The present military strength is 15,500 total officers and troops.

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