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A New Professional Army for France
Why professionalise ? (Part 14)
To meet the needs of our Defence :
- Significant numbers of staff which military conscription alone could provide are no longer required to face threats.
- Constraints attached to conscription are no longer compatible with the working conditions of the Armed Forces.
1. To meet threats, large numbers of staff are no longer decisive
For the first time in our history, France is no longer prone to direct military threats on our surface frontiers, nor close by ; the risk of a general war in Europe requiring the engagement of large forces has disappeared.
- numbers are of no assistance :
- in meeting the risks of instability within Europe,
- or in the event of the resurgence of a major threat, in which case nuclear deterrence would protect our vital interests ;
- or against the proliferation of massive destruction weapons.
At home, the notion of security outweighs the notion of military defence and the protection of the population is first and foremost the duty of the public security forces rather than that of the Armed Forces, even if the latter are to contribute when necessary.
2. The engagement of our Armed Forces in the new international environment implies: Immediately available forces which are to have acquired cohesion prior to engagement. The ability to rapidly join an international disposition. The ability to safely implement sophisticated techniques which will often be the key to superiority.
This is why, in order to meet the development of military requirements, professionalisation of the Armed Forces has been decided.
Sources: French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defence
French Embassies in London and Washington.
For more information, go to French National Defense.