This recruitment is in addition to 10,000 recruits per year …
With the growing terrorist threat in France, the Army will recruit an additional 11,000 additional people in 2015 and 2016, announced the Chief of Staff of the Army Jean-Pierre Bosser Thursday.
The 10,000 annual recruitment “usual” will add 5,000 people in 2015 and 6,000 people “before the end of 2016”. The aim is to ensure 10,000 to 12,000 troops in external operations, and 7,000 to 10,000 others in the country, out of a total of about 110,000 men and women.
“These soldiers of the operational land force will be spread over all the regiments. With 30 people on average who arrive, it is a small company that installs in every city, “said the general at a press conference earlier today.
This recruitment occurs in a tense situation. “On one hand, the downsizing continues – at a lower level since the attacks in Paris – and on the other, threats proliferate, said the military. This model “in contact” is on the way and you have to manage conflict , commented General Bosser. But without these recruitments, the Army would be in five years a surveillance army, not an army that can lead a positive type operation against terrorist threats, “he has said.
With the persistence of the terrorist threat, the army seems to settle permanently in the country. What he is telling his boss is that “after the attack in January, 10,000 troops will be deployed without political debate. The world has changed, and if the political debate is not over, I can not imagine how anyone could now remove the military from the national territory. “