Błaszczak opened a mobile military information point at a ski slope in Białka Tatrzańska on Saturday. As he emphasized during his speech at the inauguration of second edition of the national "Become a Soldier of the Republic of Poland" campaign, the Poland wants to attract more young people to serve in the armed forces.
"A larger Polish Army means more security. To get the Army to be bigger, we're running the 'Become a Soldier of the Republic of Poland' campaign. (…) To get young people to join the Polish Army, soldiers must be decently paid. I can honestly say that, thanks to our efforts, we've achieved this goal," said the head of the Ministry of Defence. He added that from January 1 of this year, the salaries of soldiers have increased, and the average Army salary is now PLN 5530 (EUR 1,288). "It's worthwhile to join the Polish Army," he declared.
"It’s a privilege to serve in the Army, an honour, a distinction. Wearing the uniform of a soldier of the Polish Army is an honour. The soldier in the Polish Army is duly rewarded, and service in the Polish Army is linked with development, an acquisition of skills and unique experiences," he said.
Błaszczak stated that Polish soldiers are active on missions "in Europe, on the eastern flank of NATO, in Afghanistan, in Iraq". The Army also has extensive contacts with other armies of NATO countries, including the USA. "These are unique opportunities to gain experience and skills," emphasised the head of the Defense Ministry.
The first edition of the "Become a Soldier of the Republic of Poland" campaign began on October 14 last year. As part of this campaign, soldiers met with people in shopping malls, vacation spots and city markets. The minister mentioned that, as a result of this campaign, more than 7,000 people applied to various formations of the Polish Army, within two and a half months.
The minister of defence added that the promotional campaign conducted by the military in southern Poland will take advantage of the winter holiday period and the visits of young Poles to the ski slopes there. (PAP)