Lawmakers on Sunday raised concerns over the reluctance of young people to join the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and said this is rooted in government’s failure to address the problems facing soldiers.
According to lawmakers, not paying salaries on time, no days off, the lack of equipment and threats by insurgents against the families of soldiers are some of the reasons preventing the youth from joining the Afghan security forces.
Another problem is that of promotions, said one MP.
“Some (security force members) get promoted by three ranks in one year when they are not eligible for this. These are the reasons that have reduced the interest by people (to join the forces),” MP Mirbat Khan Mangal said.
According to the MPs, government has an obligation to address soldiers’ challenges and needs, but government’s negligence in this regard has created unhappiness among soldiers, with many unhappy about being there.
"No one addresses the problems of soldiers when they are injured, killed or surrounded (by insurgents). These are things that soldiers are facing," MP Abdul Wadood Paiman said.
“We hope that the interior and defense ministries work seriously in this regard,” senator Safiullah Hashimi said.
Security department officials however reject these claims that there is little interest among the public to join the forces and said they are addressing soldiers’ problems.
“Our process is normal and those who are eligible and want to join the police they can come to us,” said the interior ministry’s deputy spokesman Nusrat Rahimi.
“We held an exam last week. We needed 550 people, but 2,973 people sat the exam,” said defense ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri.