Austria Army Referendum

January 20, 2013 - 11:32 AM
FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2013 file photo Austrian army soldiers stand in front of the chancellery in Vienna, Austria. Austrians eligible to vote are called to participate an army referendum, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. At issue in this neutral nation of just over 8 million people is whether to keep the present system that relies heavily on conscripts or to go with the European flow and create a professional army, as have 21 of the EU's 26 other members. The present model consists of about 35,000 troops, with about 14,000 professionals and the rest conscripts who serve for six months as well as a 30,000-strong part-time militia. (AP Photo/dapd, Hans Punz)