Interest in military careers shrinks this year

This year 7 to 8% fewer people have applied to serve in the military, said National Armed Forces representative Rihards Rozenbaums. 

Last year about 1,500 people applied to careers in the military, he told Latvian Radio.

Rozenbaums thinks that demographic tendencies and competition from employers are the reasons why fewer young people have applied this year.

He said about 600 people from the applicants were admitted last year, and overall about 40% of those who apply to serve are admitted to the army on the average, he said.

Would-be military persons are evaluated across 12 criteria that include writing and speaking proficiency, stress resistance and leadership ability.

"The most common reasons why people are rejected is a criminal record or ongoing criminal proceedings," said Rozenbaums.

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