Kristof Szalay-Bobrovniczky - Photo: MTI

Defence Minister: Army officer corps must regain prestige

Addressing a swearing-in ceremony of new officers on Hungary's August 20 national holiday, Defence Minister Kristof Szalay-Bobrovniczky emphasised the importance of the officer corps of the Hungarian Armed Forces regaining its prestige.

Hungarian soldiers should be respected, the minister told the new officers, adding that they were starting their service in “troubled and historic times”.

“We are witnesses to the mass migration subverting European culture and there is a drawn-out merciless and brutal war going on not far from our borders, which has caused a global economic crisis,” Szalay-Bobrovniczky said. World powers are in conflict “and everyone will want to rely on the strength of their weapons for negotiation”, he added. “In other words, there is a new world order taking shape before our very eyes.”

The Hungarian government’s goal is to prepare its military for these changes, the minister said.

The military’s procurement of the most up-to-date weapons systems, the upgrade of individual combat equipment, the introduction of the military career model and the new training model and the billions of forints spent on the military is proof that the Hungarian Armed Forces is on a path of development, Szalay-Bobrovniczky said.

The minister called on the new officers to embody virtues such as courage, honour, obedience, loyalty, discipline, comradery and self-sacrifice.

He thanked the officers for deciding to serve their country, saying that “the homeland only exists as long as there are people to defend it.”

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