Traditional ceremonies take place ahead of Czechoslovak Independence Day

A number of traditional ceremonies are being held in Prague in connection with the upcoming celebrations of Czechoslovak Independence Day on October 28th. Almost nine hundred new soldiers were sworn in on Hradčanské Square in Prague and, later today, President Zeman will receive foreign diplomats at Prague Castle.

The Czech Army has 25,000 professional soldiers and annually recruits around 2,000 more, to make up for those retiring or leaving the force. The aim is to have 30,000 professional soldiers by 2030. Compulsory military service was abolished in 2004.