RIGA - In an effort to keep up with NATO expectations, only Latvia has concretely begun plans to phase out their conscript army. Lithuania is considering, and Estonia has no current plans. Senior leaders of NATO agree that volunteer militaries are better suited for the Alliance's post-Cold War missions than conscription armies, as they deliver more modern, high-technology deployment capabilities at a lesser cost, according to the NATO Web site. The United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Luxembourg have decades-long experience with volunteer forces. Yet for the Baltic states,...
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