Poland seeks to enroll up to 8,000 volunteers as young as 15 and teach them combat and survival skills
FILE PHOTO. Members of the Polish Army and police. © Artur Widak / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Thousands of civilian volunteers, including children, are to be recruited by Warsaw in a military training program during the winter, the Defense Ministry has said.
Poland wants “to train as many people as possible” to be prepared for a “crisis,” Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak stated.
Around 4,000 people already went through the first installment of the program, ‘Train with the Army’, in October and November. The Defense Ministry now wants to double the number of volunteers and teach military skills to up to 8,000 Polish nationals, it announced on Monday.
“Our goal is to teach basic skills to as many people as possible,” Blaszczak said in a televised address to the nation. “These skills will help you if you find yourself in a crisis, an extreme situation.”
The skills listed by the ministry include using firearms, hand-to-hand combat, wilderness survival, proper use of a gas mask, and providing first aid.