Hungarian soldiers work millions of hours of overtime guarding border amid military staff shortages

Based on data published by the Minister of Defense on Tuesday, Hungarian soldiers worked a cumulative 5 million hours of overtime last year, reports Magyar Nemzet. The jump in overtime hours began after the government ordered nearly the entire army to the southern border with Serbia in Fall 2015 to build a border fence and perform border protection duties. In January 2017 alone, the soldiers worked a total of 877,000 overtime hours. According to an officer who wanted to remain anonymous, soldiers patrolling the border fence work 12 hours a day and most of them are not allowed to take their weekend leave.

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