Cambodia prepares reserve soldiers

19:33, August 02, 2010      

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Cambodia is preparing to have reserve soldiers in a move to reform and perform better military affairs, a military official said Monday.

Gen. Chhum Socheat, spokesman of Cambodia's Ministry of National Defense said the draft decree on recruiting reserve soldiers was approved by the Council of Ministers last Friday and is now awaiting final approval by His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni.

He said the reserve soldiers are practiced in many other countries around the world and it has nothing related to the border conflict with Thailand.

Chhum Socheat said the main purpose of having reserve soldiers is to apply to military reform and to better perform in military affairs for a long-time vision, and that has nothing behind the border conflict with Thailand.

He said the reserve military will include those contracted soldiers, professional retired soldiers or those who retired from the military before retiring age.

According to the decree, the reserve soldiers will serve five years and if necessary, will extend two more years.

Cambodia adopted the conscription law in 2006 which requires all Cambodian citizens aged 18 to 30 years to enter a compulsory military service.

Source: Xinhua

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