Last October, the Defence Ministry launched a "Become a Soldier of the Republic of Poland" campaign through which Poland wants to attract more young people to serve in the armed forces.
According to the defence minister the campaign has been very successful so far.
"More than 17,000 applications have been submitted to military service of many types and this is the result that I wanted to achieve, to make the Polish Army larger in numbers," Blaszczak said during his visit to the Land Forces Training Centre in Poznan, the defence minister met with the participants of the "Military Challenge", a project that is part of the recruitment campaign.
"Sometimes you have to adopt non-standard and creative ways, actions like this campaign," he added.
Blaszczak also said that he would like the procedure of joining the Polish Army to be "as smooth as possible" and that he would strive to eliminate all the bureaucratic barriers associated with the process. He added that he had instructed the heads of local military staffs to encourage young people to join the armed forces.
As part of the defence ministry's military recruitment campaign, every Saturday through August 24, military units open their gates to all who would like to learn about military service or take part in exercises under the supervision of military instructors. (PAP)