Attila Vári, two-time Olympic champion, world champion and president of the Hungarian Water Polo Federation, told Kossuth Radio’s Sunday Paper (Vasárnapi újság) program that he will help recruit border hunters. His background as a police officer will help him in this, Hirado.hu reported.
The Olympic champion said that those who pass a physical and medical examination and pass the training will be sworn in as border hunters in a fast-track procedure. Attila Vári’s job will be mentoring, which he himself considers an important task, as well as making the recruits proud of what they do.
During the training, border guards can sign up twice for three years of service, while retraining to become full-fledged police officers. In addition to border guard duties, they can also perform police duties, the Olympic champion told the radio station.
In Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced this summer that border hunters would be trained as migration pressure on the southern border intensifies. Applications for the training are open to people aged between 18 and 55. Attila Vári said that the candidates are in good shape, and last but not least, very enthusiastic. He added, however, that it is not only about guarding the border, but also about doing various administrative jobs and different tasks.
The Olympic champion also said that
a sense of defending one’s homeland should be important for the candidates.
They should be dedicated and aware of the importance of the task.
Vári pointed out that the Ministry of Interior also pays border guards during their studies. Candidates are assigned to work near their place of residence and receive a monthly salary of 400,000 HUF (EUR 985) plus fringe benefits, which is roughly 200,000 HUF (EUR 490) per year. On top of this, border guards can also take part in various training courses, receive medical care and various clothing allowances.
The President of the Hungarian Water Polo Federation believes that the required number of staff will be found. The first training course has already started and further courses are being organized.
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