The Government of the Republic reorganised the extent and payment of support to conscripts and persons in alternative service, the support paid to reservists for participating in reservist training, and the child support paid to conscripts and persons in alternative service.
Payment of child support to conscripts and persons in alternative service will be financed from the defence budget, therefore the payment obligation will be provided for in the Military Service Act as of the New Year.
“The Government Regulation calls for the continuation of the payment of support, and those who have already submitted an application are not required to submit a new application. At the same time, support will be rounded up to EUR 50, in comparison with the current amount of EUR 47.95 per month,” said Minister of Defence Margus Tsahkna.
Over the past few years, child support has been awarded annually to 50-60 children of conscripts and persons in alternative service.
Starting in the New Year, additional increased support has been allotted to those conscripts and reservists who have been seconded to foreign states for the performance of duties. Additional support in the amount of EUR 10 per day is paid if the secondment is longer than 14 days. This change primarily affects conscripts and reservists serving aboard naval vessels.
Since more and more persons liable to national defence obligation are living abroad, it is now possible to pay the prescribed support to persons liable to national defence obligation to bank accounts in credit institutions located in Estonia as well as bank accounts in foreign credit institutions.
For the rest, the currently existing support paid to conscripts and persons in alternative service and the support paid to reservists for participating in reservist training shall not be amended. Conscript support will continue to remain, depending on rank, at the level of EUR 100-200 per month, and between EUR 27-40 per day for reservist training. Payment of support for persons in alternative service shall continue to proceed from the minimum monthly wage established on the basis of the Employment Contracts Act.