Resolution on the Principles of Organisation of the Lithuanian Army

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13 March 2008
The Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania,
taking into consideration the fact that according to provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania and the Law on the Basics of National Security, the defence of the State of Lithuania is total, namely, that in the event of an armed attack, Lithuania shall be provided with armed defence by the armed forces of the State and NATO Allies, that resources of the State shall be employed in the defence effort, and that each citizen and the Nation shall offer resistance by every means allowed under international law;
noting that according to Article 139 of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania, defence of the State of Lithuania against a foreign armed attack shall be the right and duty of each citizen of the Republic of Lithuania, whereas the procedure for fulfilling the duty of military service as stipulated in the Constitution must be laid down by a law of the Seimas;
evaluating the extent and nature of threats, dangers to and risks for the national security of Lithuania as provided for in the National Security Strategy approved by the Seimas,
believes that it is expedient to shift to the Lithuanian Army organised on the basis of professional and volunteer military service;
states the necessity to preserve the institution of military conscription providing for mandatory military service in the event of mobilisation and to review the need of fulfilling initial mandatory military service on an annual basis when approving limit numbers of servicemen by a decision of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania;
stresses that civic and ethnic education, consolidation of volunteer military service and activities of the Lithuanian Riflemen’s Union is a prerequisite for increasing the defence power of the country;
proposes that the Government of the Republic of Lithuania drafts required legislative amendments, also submits to the Seimas for approval on an annual basis during the autumn session the principal structure of the Army for the coming year, including the limit numbers of servicemen determined according to the needs of shifting to the army organised on the basis of professional and volunteer military service;
notes that the reform of military service providing for a shift to professional and volunteer military service must be based on appropriate allocations from the State budget through continuous increase of the financing of the national defence system. 
SPEAKER OF THE SEIMAS                                                                       VIKTORAS MUNTIANAS