Sunday, November 02, 2008

Poles bribe their way into military service!

Whereas once Poles bribed their way out of military service, these days candidates wanting to join the army are ready to pay doctors up to 1500 zlotys to issue a positive medical opinion to help their application.

Not longer than a year ago young people in Poland were ready to pay for medical certificates stating that they are unfit for military service. Now even the healthy offer bribes to doctors.

Several day’s ago on the basis of information coming from military policemen, the police arrested a doctor suspected of accepting bribes in return for issuing positive medial reports for soldiers-to-be. According to the military police, this is not an isolated case.

The reason for this sudden interest in a military career is the suspension of compulsory enlistment and the introduction of the fully professional armed forces. Now the army in Poland has become an important player on the job market.