Lower House wants university diplomas for soldiers
A majority of the Lower House wants the Netherlands Defence Academy NLDA to issue recognised university diplomas.
The left wing liberal party, D66, made the suggestion to Defence Minister Hans Hillen in the hope that graduating soldiers will receive legitimate degrees in 2011. The Dutch Accreditation Organisation has already determined that the educational level of the NLDA is on par with that found in Dutch Universities.
With the dramatic cuts being made in the Dutch armed forces, it has become clear that thousands of military jobs will dissappear in the coming years. Consequently many MPs believe it imperative that soldiers be awarded a recognised university degree with which they can effectively compete in the labour market. Without that added incentive, fewer people will enrol in the Defense Academy. As D66 member Wassila Hachi said "It used to be that a career with the military would be for life, but that is not so anymore. It is now more important than ever to improve military training to improve access to labour market."
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