The National Guard is an integral part of society and of its people. A significant part of its fighting capabilities is based on the quality of its staff, and for this, beyond the strictly military matters, the Ministry of Defence and the NGGS consider it their duty to reflect their interest towards the person-staff-soldier, as well as to society as a whole.
The Ministry of Defence on the base of a Memorandum of Cooperation, actively cooperates with the Cyprus Anti Drug Council for the handling of illegal substance addiction, as well as harmful alcohol consumption, within military camps. The various actions within the Memorandum framework are focused specifically on the area of prevention as well as on the facilitation of the user’s access to therapeutic units based on specific protocols.
Indicatively, the actions regard the free-of-charge provision of educational lessons to the militants that serve in military camps and outposts, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, militants sports programs with the help of CSO (Cyprus Sports Organisation), the carrying out of educational seminars to militants and staff by the DLEU (Drug Law Enforcement Unit), and the establishment of periodic and emergency drug detection checks on officers, those serving in special departments, Contracted NCO’s and the newly coscripted members of the National Guard.
An important contribution to the effort for the prevention of addictive substances is the continuous support of the Psychiatric Unit of the Department of Mental Health of the Directorate of Health Services of the NGGS with the addition of two Clinical Psychologists of the Ministry of Health and two Psychologists from KENTHEA. In addition, in cooperation with the Higher Education Institutions of Cyprus, the NGGS Mental Health Department is reinforced with university students of various specialties who form part of a multidisciplinary team of the Directorate of Health Services.
Road safety is a need of daily conscious actions and experiences which needs to be cultivated within soldiers and army officers. For the implementation of this goal, lectures, seminars and driving demonstrations are organised in cooperation with the police, private entities and NGOs, at the New Recruits Centres.
The aim to cultivate volunteering as a way of life within soldiers and National Guard staff, as well as the organised and effective participation of the National Guard in social works that different entities and organisations take on, is carried out in close cooperation with the Volunteer Commissioner and the Pancyprian Volunteerism Coordinative Council, which have resulted in:
The creation of a National Guard Volunteer Body, with voluntary participation of staff at various campaigns.
The carrying out of lectures and educational seminars on the subject of volunteerism in different National Guard military camps.
Provision of positive Motives to Conscripts
Within the framework of a modernisation reform in the National Guard, the implementation of a 14 month service and a series of programs within the framework of a new Positive Motives Policy, is expected that the service time will be upgraded productive and beneficial, both for the country as well as for the soldier. Among the positive motives offered, which amount to fourteen include: distance learning programs of studies, vocational training, distant grant of licences, and psychosocial reinforcement.