Some Pitfalls of the Czech Armed Forces Professionalization


The Czech Armed Forces' professionalization is an underlying qualitative change and its realization is not without risks. This paper outlines the political origin of this phenomenon, characterises the coherence with the transformation of the Alliance and illustrates overseas experience with some recruitment problems, namely the NCOs, the limits of women in the armed forces, the role of voluntary reserve force, and the substantiations for compulsory military service generally. The purpose of this essay is to draw attention to less known pitfalls of this process, with wide connexions, going beyond regular professionalization frames, defined as a task carried out by the military personnel department.

Prof. Jaroslav Komárek, Ph.D. (Col., ret.), born in 1938. After working in technical positions in military units he defended his thesis and gained PhD. in 1971. Later he was a teacher at the Department of Civil Aviation and Airport Services at Military Academy in Brno. Since 1975 he acted in the Research Institute for Transport, as a coordinator of the national participation in the project UN EHK Transeuropean Motorway. In 1990 he returned to the military and acted as a Vice-Rector for Science and International Relations at the Military Academy in Brno, where since 1996 he worked in the Institute of Management. He participated in two NATO RTO projects and he was participant of numbers prestigious international conferences in area of training, operational analysis and modelling and simulation. Since r. 2003 he has been teaching at a private university.

Country: Czech Republic


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