And when counsel is Phobos
There is no ground hallowed
For men to die with courage
Unknown trench poet, Western Front, First World War
The Greek Ministry of Defense announced recently the cutting of national military service, mandatory for all male citizens over 18, to nine months down from twelve. The decision affects those serving in the Army. Press reports said the Ministry is also contemplating recommendations to remove national service conscripts from the Navy and the Air Force entirely, leaving these two Services manned exclusively by regular officers, NCOs, and long-term payroll volunteers.