Personal Readiness for Military Service Dips, But 90 Percent Say It's Necessary
After several years of growth, the number of those who say they would voluntarily become conscripts turned to decline last year.
In 2012, 33 percent of people subject to be called up said they would voluntarily go into the military, but in 2013 the figure was 26 percent, a study presented today at the Defence Ministry revealed.
Interestingly, conscription is less favoured among those who have completed or in the process of completing compulsory military service, uudised.err.ee reported.
While over 90 percent of the population say conscription is necessary, the figure among reservists and people subject to being called up is 72-73 percent.
If military service were voluntary, 16 percent of respondents would "definitely" go, and 27 percent say they would "probably" go.
The younger the person subject to being called up is during the draft, the more gladly they would serve: half of young men aged 18-19 and only less than 20 percent of those 21 and over.
Four out of five back national defense on school curricula
The same study revealed that 81 percent of Estonians say national defense should be taught in schools, of which a 38-percent contingent answered at the highest certainty level.
But awareness of specifics is low: only 24 percent say they would know what to do in the case of a threat of invasion, although the figure is up from 20 percent in past years.