Once upon a time there was a naja… now it's mini

(To Tiziano Ciocchetti)

The president of the Senate La Russa "presented" a bill (through the group of senators of FdI) concerning the establishment of a 40-day voluntary mini naja.

"I have prepared, but I will not present it because as president of the Senate I cannot and a group of senators will do it, a bill to bring what is known as the voluntary mini naja to 40 days", declared the president of the Senate in his closing speech at the celebrations organized by the Alpini in Milan to remember the war dead.

He further added that “To meet the requests received from the armed forces and above all from the Alpini, we believe that it is right to make a law that voluntarily allows those who wish to spend not three weeks but 40 days in the armed forces. Anyone who wants can, limited to the numbers that will be fixed but which we think are very large, participate in military life, in the Alpini corps or in other corps for 40 days to have training".

There is talk of training credits for high school diploma and university and additional scores for public competitions.

Basically what would it be about? President La Russa talks about training. Young people who for a month and a half would learn to march (badly) and to form a "cube" with sheets, pillows and blankets? Because this is what we're talking about.

Military training is quite another thing and certainly these boys could, in the few days available, only realize the poor conditions in which our barracks are found.

Assuming that the bill it was not concerted with the Ministry of Defence, we wonder what purpose it could serve to set up some sort of micro naja which in any case will divert resources and funds from the defense budget.

Furthermore, the president of the Senate speaks of requests received from the Armed Forces to propose a law establishing a mini naya on a voluntary basis. Let's imagine the leaders of the FFAA eager to receive hordes of boys, perhaps convinced they are playing toy soldiers for 40 days...

It is also true that, in recent times, there has been talk of restoring compulsory conscription, as if the military institutions were by now the last bulwark to save our society now dedicated only to laxity and the continuous request for rights, forgetting instead the Duties. Where the family and the school are failing, the Armed Forces certainly cannot remedy it; those who ask for a return to the naja forget (or ignore) that compulsory conscription is determined by social, economic, cultural and, last but not least, geopolitical factors.

With the suspension of compulsory military service, in 2005, the country chose to have professionalized FFAAs, suitable for facing future operational scenarios. So solicit the already precarious military structures with the reinstatement, even if on a voluntary basis, of military service brackets, it appears extremely out of place. Especially if one considers the meager budget allocated to Defense and the enormous efforts that the commanders have to make to meet the ordinary expenses of the barracks, most of which are dilapidated and would require huge investments to be able to renovate them.

Politicians have to get it into their heads that the era of the naja, barring exceptional situations, is now relegated to the past. The little money available must be used to allow our military instrument to carry out the tasks for which it was designed, without having to use resources unnecessarily just to satisfy the requests of the parliamentary majority on duty.

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