Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky: I invite young Hungarians into an alliance

Upon announcing the rejuvenation of the Hungarian armed forces, with 2% of GDP to be spent on defense and 20% on new equipment, Hungary’s defense minister highlighted the benefits of serving in the army, including military values, international recognition, and post-service opportunities.

Defense Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky called on young Hungarians to join the Hungarian Defence Forces and become a part of the "brave, high-tech community" dedicated to defending the homeland.

He emphasized the need for a "serious, respectable army" that is well-trained and equipped and has a high moral character.

Szalay-Bobrovniczky noted that young officers and non-commissioned officers will have the opportunity to take up leadership roles.

He added that the state provides soldiers with competitive benefits and that those who choose to leave the armed forces after a longer period of service will receive a "decent and advantageous benefits package."

The defense minister stated that the army is a community where one can experience a sense of belonging and the glory of serving one's country.

The recruitment campaign, which will continue throughout the year, aims to inform young people about the service and career opportunities offered by the army. Applications are welcome on the revamped iranyasereg.hu website.

Lieutenant General Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi, chief of the Hungarian defense staff, expressed hope that more people will join the 175-year-old Hungarian Defence Forces this year.

He stressed that being a soldier is a "difficult and challenging job" but also a calling for many. He added that all Hungarians can be proud of Hungarian soldiers, who are trusted by neighboring countries and NATO allies.

To mark the 175th anniversary of the appointment of Hungary’s first minister of defense, General Ruszin-Szendi has launched a challenge in which groups of four have to run 175 kilometers by April 7.

He has invited the defense minister, alongside Szilveszter Pálinkás, one of the faces of the recruitment campaign, and Gergely Rozs, a recent recruit, to join him in completing the distance.