Defence Minister’s position on conscription ‘irresponsible’, says army founder
LT Daily, media brief
Monday, January 18, 2016
One of the founders of the Lithuanian army has said the Defence Minister, Juozas Olekas’s position that a professional army is sufficient and conscription is not needed is irresponsible in current international conditions.
Jonas Valančiūnas, the Toronto Raptors center beloved by basketball fans both in Lithuania and abroad, made it into the conscription list as part of Lithuania's mandatory military conscription for 2016.
When Lithuania had huddled up under NATO’s wing, it felt more secure and even unconcerned as to where it would get more funding for its army or how it could modernize it. The events in Georgia and Ukraine, however, jolted the Baltic country out of its lethargy and forced it to look at how it can strengthen its armed forces.