Time in Yerevan: 11:07:36,   24 April

Defense ministry sets ambitious demands for combat readiness

YEREVAN, JANUARY 28, ARMENPRESS. In recent period large-scale works have been carried out in the Armenian Armed Forces. In particular, changes have been made in the demands for combat readiness. More ambitious demands have been set, Defense minister Davit Tonoyan told reporters today after the awarding ceremony at the Presidential Palace on the Army Day, reports Armenpress.

“Reforms have been carried in providing items and in other issues, we have created preconditions for the future actions. I would like to state that everything is being done to reduce the number of tragic incidents in the Army. It wouldn’t be correct to say statistics, but I assure you that we are actively working on this path, are raising the level of discipline, all actions aimed at security are being taken, and we also pay attention to inter-personal relations. We will pay a specific attention to the soldiers with psychological problems because suicide problems emerge among those soldiers”, the minister said.

As for the border incidents, the defense minister informed that in recent months, the number of cases in the border has been less due to the actions of the adversary. “This has been recorded thanks to both the political agreements and the professionalism of our Armed Forces”, he added.

The Republic of Armenia and Armenians around the world celebrate the 27th anniversary of the Armenian Army’s establishment on January 28. On January 28, 1992, the Government adopted the “On the Defense Ministry of Armenia” historic decision, heralding the formation of the Armenian Army. In May of 1992, the ministry held the first drafting, laying the foundation for the stable tradition of drafting conscription servicemen to the Army.

Edited and translated by Aneta Harutyunyan

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