KUWAIT CITY, February 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaber_Al-Mubarak_Al-Hamad_Al-Sabah) recently advanced several key initiatives for the Kuwaiti military. He has issued pardons to military service members who have been absent from duty up to 180 days, has spearheaded salary increases for military personnel and has raised the age of non-Kuwaiti military personnel to the age of 65.
These actions are in advance of multiple celebrations in Kuwait in February including the 20th anniversary of liberation from Iraq and the 5th anniversary of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's assumption to power. He said the pardons and salary increase are part of an overall ambitious agenda for 2011.
"Kuwait's military is vital to our safety, strength and security," the Defence Minister (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kuwait_ministry_of_defense/) said. "When we have opportunities to encourage our service members, we must do what we can. It is my hope that all absent service members take advantage of this opportunity for amnesty by returning to duty."
The Higher Council of Defence approved the salary increase with the urging of Sheikh Jaber. The council originally proposed an 80 percent increase, but Sheikh Jaber advocated a 100 percent raise. The approved increase varies according to rank, ranging between 72 percent and 115 percent and will include all military personnel in the Army, Interior Ministry, National Guard and Fire Department.
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SOURCE Al Madar