Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky: We cannot wait, we need young, dynamic, multilingual officers now.

The Hungarian Defence Forces (HDF) introduces a service allowance to rejuvenate its officer corps.

The Hungarian Defence Forces have initiated a process to bring in new commanders who possess language proficiency, NATO training and operational experience, and physical fitness in order to improve the military's ability to respond to security threats and modernize the force.

Minister of Defense Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky will be responsible for deciding who will receive a defense service allowance, which is intended to recognize and reward senior personnel for their service to the country.

The allowance will be paid in full until retirement and includes severance pay. The military overhaul also aims to bring in young and dynamic officers to address the changing security environment and improve the force's ability to respond to it.

The program seeks to recruit multilingual officers and non-commissioned officers with NATO experience for the HQs and units of the HDF.

The legislation governing this process is intended to provide a fair and equitable pathway for soldiers who have performed well in the service and have reached the age of 45 with 25 years of actual service.

The legislation specifies the criteria for granting the allowance and the conditions under which it will be paid and establishes a framework for the selection and appointment of new commanders, based on their qualifications, experience, and physical fitness.

The allowance will be awarded on an individual basis, at the discretion of the minister.