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Belgium campaigns for Muslims to join Army

Belgium campaigns for Muslims to join Army

The Belgian defense ministry is encouraging Muslims in the country to join the military in order to meet the growing troop deficit.

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Lieutenant Colonel Sandra Bertocchi, from the Department of human resources at the Ministry of Defense, said they had launched a new campaign via social media in a bid to meet staffing needs.

"Do I actually have the opportunity to work at Defense as a Muslim?" in a new recruitment campaign on social media, the Defense organization is encouraging Muslims to become military.

"Regarding religious diversity, Muslims are simply a strongly represented group within our population. We are neutral, we also want to be a reflection of Belgian society. That does not always penetrate, there is still a stereotypical image of Defense," she said.

In Belgium, which has a population of about 12 million, the proportion of Muslims is estimated at 7.6 percent. However, according to the surname estimate, only 0.5 percent of Army members are Muslims.

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