The Armenian army needs competent and skilled officers. Graduates of military institutions are individuals for whom being an officer is a lifestyle, a mission. They start their military path as cadets and dream of becoming a general. But a large army needs a large number of junior officers to serve in a platoon or company. It would be even better if the commanders serving on that level, while having the necessary military education, come from different environments, have different civic professions. They would bring new knowledge and skills to the Armed Forces, helping to make the military years of the conscripts more useful.
Today's postponement system for university students is faulty and causes many forms of injustice. University admission examinations, the bachelor-master-postgraduate studies – a cycle that is interrupted by work all over the world – in our country, has become an ongoing 4 + 2 + 3 studying cycle, followed by the hasty defence of a dissertation to wave good-bye to the mandatory military service once and for all.
Moreover, the potential of higher educational institution graduates, who undergo military service after completing the bachelor's degree programme, is not used effectively. They usually serve as privates or sergeants staff. Some start service in training units, but more often, they simply are directly sent to units performing combat duty.
The ideology of the state programme "I Have the Honour" is to link the postponement of the service to future service as commander. Any young man enrolled in a state or private educational institution has the right to apply for the programme. If meeting certain requirements (such as health requirement, passes a psychological test designed to determine command qualities, receives positive marks during the study period), he may be enrolled in the programme of potential officers. While in a civilian educational institution, they will attend courses at Vazgen Sargsyan Military University every Saturday, between the second and fourth years of education. After successful completion of the training and receiving a diploma from the civilian institution, they will get a bachelor's degree and a lieutenant's rank, and then serve for three years in the Armed Forces.
His civilian profession is taken into account during the service, which takes place in a 1st class military unit (the frontline). Thus, a person receiving a higher education has the opportunity to serve his homeland on a higher level. As an officer, he will have relevant household conditions), a competitive salary (at least AMD 260,000 a month). After successfully completing the service, he also receives a bonus in the amount of tuition fees paid during his study. If enrolled in a master's degree programme, his tuition fees there will also be compensated.
There are plans to offer officer service on special terms to graduates of one of the 10 leading universities in the world, as well as winners of the International Olympiads. They will have an option to serve in officer positions in a military industry where they will be able to use their knowledge more effectively. They will be offered not a three-year but a five-year contract.
One of the key outcomes of the programme will be the formation of a serious officer reserve. The army with a large number of privates of reserve needs skilled reserve of officers with experience of service on the frontline.
Thus, the postponement of the military service becomes a means of a more effective military service instead of a means to shun the mandatory service. In addition, they are offered a tangible package of compensation.