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Registering for military service in Poland. Is it mandatory?


Varsovian 92 | 634
12 Mar 2013 #1
If you have Polish nationality, they send you a slightly scary letter (citing some 1967 law) some time after you turn 18 saying you have to present yourself for medical examination for the purposes of serving in the Polish armed forces.

There is no obligatory military service in Poland now - but the structures are still there to remind you.
Harry
12 Mar 2013 #2
Good to see our taxes being put to such an efficient use.
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163
12 Mar 2013 #3
They are well spent in this case, you simply have no clue about the issue. Please do not comment on things you've got no clue about.
Harry
12 Mar 2013 #4
They are well spent in this case, you simply have no clue about the issue.

Really? Well perhaps you could explain to us all why it is such a good idea for the taxpayer to remind people about this requirement?
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163
12 Mar 2013 #5
Because otherwise at least half of them wouldn't know about it or wouldn't give a damn.
Harry
12 Mar 2013 #6
So? What if they didn't know? There is no longer the obligation to perform peace time military service in Poland. So why waste taxpayer money telling teenagers about it? Can you really not think of anything more useful to spend public money on?

And if you think that teenagers are going to give a damn just because they get a letter about an obligation which no longer exists, you clearly know very little about teenagers.

It very much seems that once again the 'a foreigner dares to say about bad word about Poland! I must defend all things Polish!' reflex is kicking in again and as a result a Pole is making himself look foolish.
OP Varsovian 92 | 634
12 Mar 2013 #7
Yeah, well - my son knows where his unit is based and he has his service book :) and he has a taste of the bad old days!
Harry
12 Mar 2013 #8
How old is he?
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163
12 Mar 2013 #9
And if you think that teenagers are going to give a damn just because they get a letter..

Then please kindly check how many did not show up for the medical examination. End of topic really. Now go troll somewhere else. Perhaps busia stuff, we were missing it so much here.
Harry
12 Mar 2013 #10
Then please kindly check how many did not show up for the medical examination.

I'd love to. Do feel free to link to such results so we can all check for ourselves.

End of topic really.

No, you still haven't explained by it is a good use of taxpayer money to remind people about an obligation which no longer exists. Please do feel free to explain that.
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163
12 Mar 2013 #11
about an obligation which no longer exists.

Dear sir, the whole idea behind this topic is that the obligation still exists. Please kindly be informed about that.
Harry
12 Mar 2013 #12
There is still obligatory peace-time military service in Poland? Really? You sure about that?
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163
12 Mar 2013 #13
Dear sir, that's not really what the topic was about.
Harry
12 Mar 2013 #14
My question to you was "Well perhaps you could explain to us all why it is such a good idea for the taxpayer to remind people about this requirement?" That question still stands. Why spend taxpayer money reminding teenagers about medicals which are to be taken before obligatory peace-time military service when there is no longer the requirement to perform such service? Can you really think of nothing that Poland might want to spend money on before wasting it on that purpose?
johnb121 4 | 184
12 Mar 2013 #15
From wiki "Poland suspended compulsory military service on 5 December 2008 by the order of the Minister of Defence. Compulsory military service was formally abolished when the Polish parliament amended the conscription law on 9 January 2009; the law came into effect on 11 February 2009".

The CIA has it that "18-28 years of age for male voluntary or compulsory military service; conscription suspended in 2009; reserve obligation to age 50 (2009) " so one possibility is to remind or record the reserve?
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163
12 Mar 2013 #16
Why spend taxpayer money reminding teenagers about medicals which are to be taken before obligatory peace-time military service

Not only before obligatory peace-time military service but also for other purposes, for instance to decide what kind of duties (and if any) they can perform during war time. There's really a lot of info about that. Go google and ask someone to read it for you. Good luck in your research.
AmerTchr 4 | 201
12 Mar 2013 #17
The CIA has it that "18-28 years of age for male voluntary or compulsory military service; conscription suspended in 2009; reserve obligation to age 50 (2009) " so one possibility is to remind or record the reserve?

Make sense.America did almost the same thing with regard to registering even though service obligations were no longer required. We didn't do the medical assessment though.
Harry
12 Mar 2013 #18
to decide what kind of duties (and if any) they can perform during war time.

Strange how countries which have far more money to spend/waste and who did indeed spend/waste far more than Poland does not defence (the USA and the UK both spring immediately to mind) consider such notification and examinations to be a complete waste of time and money, isn't it?

Still waiting for you to give us a source for the attendance rate at the medicals (which you seemed to suggest supports your stance in some way).
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163
12 Mar 2013 #19
Still waiting for you to give us a source for the attendance rate at the medicals

Good luck then as I was saying you should look for it yourself !

Strange how countries which have far more money to spend/waste and who did indeed spend/waste far more than Poland does not defence

Yes it is !!!
goofy_the_dog
12 Mar 2013 #20
go troll somewhere else harry, btw, I personally think that it would be cool to have the mandatory 1.5 or 2 years army service,m they still have it in places like Israel... if that would be still legal, then I would go back to Poland for those two years haha!
Harry
12 Mar 2013 #21
Goofy, if you want to spend a year or two working for the good of Poland, there's nothing stopping you from volunteering.
goofy_the_dog
13 Mar 2013 #22
Mehh, I will finish University, then I will decide ;)
OP Varsovian 92 | 634
13 Mar 2013 #23
About my son (18 btw - someone asked) - they also recorded that he speaks English as a first language.
pab2usa - | 1
29 Sep 2019 #24
Merged:

Mandatory Military Service



I would like to know if there still exists requirements for military service, and if they are similar to that which were in place during the Interwar?
pawian 161 | 9,971
29 Sep 2019 #25
No mandatory army service right now. Are you writing another book set in today`s Poland?


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