Child recruitment and military service in Cuba

Cuba is a great floating barracks, where militarization reaches from the economy and the pioneers, to the language of the media with expressions such as “We are still in combat” or the well-known battles of ideas, of the potato or against the mosquito, but The government has not yet realized so much olive green happiness and has just assured the United Nations that military service is not compulsory and that “children are not recruited and will not be recruited”.

The attempt to deceive the United Nations it is not the responsibility of the young diplomat Yisel Gonzalez Garciabut of the chancellor Bruno Rodriguez and his staff, including the always combative deputy minister Anayansi Rodriguez Camejo, who directed the choir of guayaberos in Geneva; one of the most desired destinations by the seasoned diplomats of the revolution of the humble.

Military service in Cuba is a source of corruption, as corresponds to the involution of the totalitarian state to a failed mafia regime; sons of high-ranking leaders tend to evade it, enrolling in sports schools; those of intermediate cadres and families with economic resources, but apparently committed to the process, go to the best possible destinations such as the anti-mosquito brigades, with the advantage of sleeping at home every day; or as drivers and assistants to colonels, generals and staffs.

Each favorable location has a price and those who cannot pay it, assume that their son will perform military service in the worst possible conditions because Cuba -since the economic crisis of the 1990s- is a stratified and unfairly unequal country.

Families with more economic resources pay US dollars to doctors for certificates declaring their children unfit for military life or directly to the heads of military committees or recruiting commissions; that they declare the privileged young person exempt; if the potential recruit intends to emigrate, then the fee goes up because with the guards’ waiver, he can pay for his passport without hindrance.

The children of impoverished families go to eat rope at military bases far from their homes, in a country where public transport is in the phase of extinction, or at units of the Youth Labor Army, where they cannot always steal food to take home, because theft, as in the rest of the economy of creative resistance, is pyramidal.

But once a part of the national miseries has been told, we are going to refresh the memory of the comrade Brunoa painting born from the pioneering and youthful quarry of Castroism and, incidentally, we illustrate the companion Yisel, so that she can choose between joining the lying squad or being a free woman; her dilemma lies in whether to opt for the OFICODA with blackouts or the exquisite illuminated boutiques of Geneva.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR) and the José Martí Pioneers Organization (OPJM) annually convene the contest “Friends of the FAR”, at the national and provincial levels, which includes children and adolescents with disabilities and has propitiated North Korean jewels such as the following:

“I feel an extraordinary admiration for the members of this armed institution, who are zealous guardians that my dreams and those of all Cuban children come true. I was educated (…) and they taught me, from a very young age, to love the revolution, thanks to which today we have free education and health”. Jennifer, Cienfuegos.

“My objective is to thank all the members of the FAR with all my heart for so much dedication, care and courage with which, day after day and in any corner of Cuba, they sacrifice and offer their unconditional service so that each person can feel quiet and very well cared for. Victor, Las Tunas.

“I captured in my drawing the sacrifices that making the revolution has entailed, Fidel mounted on a war tank and Cuba’s solidarity with other countries.” George Roland, Villa Clara.

The explorer pioneers They define themselves as a child who: “Loves nature, the socialist homeland and prepares for life in the countryside”; Although this was not the original rattle, it was modified at the request of UNICEF, as it prayed: “He loves nature, the socialist homeland and prepares for the war of all the people“.

In 1980, before and during the Mariel migratory stampede, when the pioneers “actively participated” in rallies to repudiate the scum, the Cuban government decided that the Explorer Pioneers Movementwould become the most important structure of the pioneer organization, with the aim of linking children with nature and developing in them skills for life in the countryside and in difficult conditions, but when “insufficiencies” were detected, in 1998 a compendium to ensure that, “from the earliest ages, work is done on the military and internationalist patriotism in the movement”.

In the theses of the first congress of the ruling communist party (1975) it was established that “The UPC, (…), must work to mobilize students and pioneers in the fulfillment of the tasks of the revolution, (…) and develop a job for a solid foundation for students and pioneers in their patriotic-military and internationalist training…”

As if that were not enough, the evolution of organizations, creeds and pioneer slogans in Cuba, during the last 60 years, faithfully reflects the character and totalitarian desire of the oldest dictatorship in the West.

Youth Patrols (1960): Slogan, facing the future. Creed: Forge a free homeland, without class or race hatred, on the anvil of a good education. Oath: On my honor as a patrolman, I promise: defend my country and my flagregardless of sacrifices, and comply at all times with the ten principles of the patrolman.

Rebel Pioneers Union (1961). Oath: On my honor as a rebel pioneer I swear: be faithful to the socialist revolution and always put the interests of working people above personal interests.

Union of Pioneers of Cuba (1962). Motto: Pioneers for Socialism! Always ready!; Oath: I, a pioneer of Socialist Cuba, commit myself before my colleagues and my country to: be faithful to the organization; comply with its laws; to live, study and fight inspired by the example of José Martí and Camilo Cienfuegos.

José Martí Pioneers Organization (1977). Motto: Pioneers for Communism! We will be like Che!

The Ujotacéin which you can join the military from the age of 16, has the motto of “Study, Work and Rifle“; and Cuban laws establish compulsory military service for men and contemplate the voluntary nature of females, as the website of the Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR) explains:

All male Cuban citizens are required to perform Military Service, in the form and terms established in the National Defense Law, in Decree-Law 224 and in the other provisions established for that purpose..

The Women’s Voluntary Military Service (SMVF) it began in 1984, with the creation of the first Women’s Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment; it has a maximum duration of 14 months, extendable to two years; whenever the recruit requests it, and its objective, among others, is to offer Cuban women the “possibilities of their full development in the different specialties of the armed forces without exposing them to great risks or damage to their reproductive function and state of health general”.

All this information is public and accessible to anyone who wishes to consult it, except for the late-Castro regime, which once again made a fool of itself before the world; lying unnecessarily in another grotesque show, which undermines the little credibility of his anti-Cuban government, crushing with the litany that revolution is never lyingbut evoking Joseph Goebbels​​, that Nazi demagogue and narcissist who recommended: “If you can’t deny the bad news, make up other news to distract them.“.

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