Deputy Defence Minister Costas Spiliopoulos left open this week the likelihood of a decision for a lengthier mandatory military service by conscripts. Currently, the length of national service is nine months.

Speaking to a private radio station, he stressed that the reductions in the duration of the compulsory military service has caused significant problems for the armed forces, adding that the likelihood of increasing the military service should be considered by all political powers.

Greece is the only country in the European Union which still has a system of compulsory military service. Other EU countries such as Austria, Denmark and Cyprus have conscription but allow alternative services, in place of military service to be performed as part of national service.

Source: Athens News