Last group of soldiers undergoing military service take oath of allegiance

On Saturday, the last group of soldiers to undergo compulsory military service in the Czech Republic took the oath of allegiance at Prague Castle. The 400 young men made their pledges in front of President Vaclav Klaus, the minister of defence, Miroslav Kostelka, and members of their families. The oath of allegiance ceremony traditionally takes place on the anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. When the 400 soldiers complete their military service just before Christmas the Czech Army will have become fully professional.

Author: Ian Willoughby