(MENAFN) According to the defense minister, a significant revamp of the Hungarian military officer corps is not motivated by any hidden goals and will reduce a bloated leadership. Government critics have characterized it as an effort to remove people deemed disloyal and break the nation away from NATO.
According to an interview with Bloomberg that was published on Tuesday, Kristof Szalay-Bobrovniczky this week indicated that Budapest will fire hundreds of senior officers, primarily colonels and lieutenant colonels but also some generals. He refuted opposition assertions to the contrary and characterized it as a routine change.
Szalay-Bobrovniczky added, "When executing things on this size, you can't have hidden motives." "I want to bring competition and meritocracy to the armed services."
Hungary streamlined the retirement procedure for certain military members last month. Under the new regulations, employees who have at least 25 years of active service and reach the age of 45 may be fired by the defense minister with two months' notice.
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