The Czech Army has grown younger, the development of the mean age based on the rank shows this
The mean age of a soldier of the Army of the Czech Republic is 36.3 years of age. Compared to last year, the Army ‘grew younger’ by half a year. However, compared to a situation ten years ago, it grew older by more than three years. The official statistical data of the Ministry of Defence, which show the mean age of all ranks from 2005 to 31st October 2019, demonstrate this. These are the latest statistical data.
If we see the Army as a whole this fact is a relatively important indicator. The lower the age of the soldiers is, the more successful the recruiters are to attract new, young adepts. Nevertheless, the recent military oath also plays a key role here, as almost 900 novices swearing in Prague’s Hradčanské Square may significantly ‘dangle‘ with the mean.
We can find a lot in the statistical data. For example, it is possible to show to eternal critics that even the age of generals is significantly increasing. While the mean age of the Brigadier General, i.e. the basic general rank, was less than 50 years in 2010, it is almost 53 years now, which is one year less compared to last year.
Within the basic ranks we can mention the rank of the Lance Corporal. In 2010 the mean age was 30.5 years, 27.9 years last year and 27.6 years now. The age of the Staff Sergeant has undergone significant changes. In 2010 the mean age was 32.9, 38.1 years last year and 37.9 years now. Theoretically, it is possible to conclude that very experienced soldiers with many years of experience, not only novices with minimum experience, will reach this rank. And, of course, that is fine.
The age of the Sergeant Major has dropped by almost two years to the present 45 years of age compared to last year, which is only a few months more than in 2010. This average has been significantly reduced by the new Chief Warrant Officer of the Army of the Czech Republic, Peter Smik, who was mentioned on our website at the end of June this year.
The highest mean age belongs to the second highest military rank. The Lieutenant General represents the age of almost 60 years of age, which is 8 years more than in 2010 and 5 years more compared to the highest rank of the Army General that Aleš Opata, Chief of the General Staff of the Army of the Czech Republic, carries on his shoulders.