Stefanis: The voluntary service of women in the National Guard is under consideration

The Ministry of National Defense is considering the possibility of women serving in the National Guard.

“In discussions to upgrade the National Guard, the Ministry of National Defense with the General Staff are examining the possibility of women serving on a voluntary basis in the National Guard and under specific conditions,” said Deputy Minister Alkiviadis Stefanis.

In Parliament, the president of the Hellenic Solution Party, Kyriakos Velopoulos, said “Greek women living in our remote islands request participation in the National Guard of our country”.

Kyriakos Velopoulos.
Hellenic Solution President, Kyriakos Velopoulos.

Mr. Stefanis reminded that:

  • According to the current institutional framework, article 6 of law 705/1977 (A’279):

The voluntary enlistment of Greek women between 18 and 32 years old in the Armed is permitted for either military service or for a professional career, and

  • Article 2 of law 1295/1982 (A ‘126):

National Guard units are manned by personnel from the Active Army, from the reserve of the three Branches of the Armed Forces if he is not serving, and from personnel who has not fulfilled their military obligations.

Greek Army women.

The National Guard is a voluntary corps, mainly located on Greece’s border, mostly in Thrace and the Greek islands opposite Turkey.