TALLINN - Almost 400 conscripts attending the junior NCO basic training course at Estonia's 1st Infantry Brigade performed the role of "enemy" during the Silver Arrow 2020 exercise at the Adazi training ground last week to put the skills of the allied battle group in Latvia to the test.
Altogether nearly 3,000 uniformed personnel took part in the training exercise, including almost 400 attendees of the junior NCO basic training course of the Kalev and Air Defense battalions of the 1st Infantry Brigade of Estonia.
"We acted as an integrated force within the composition of Latvia's 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion to play out situations in the role of the enemy," the commander of the Kalev Infantry Battalion, Maj. Ain Tiidrus, said according to spokespeople for the defense headquarters in Tallinn.
He said that the soldiers who entered service in July managed very well in their role.
"It was a good feeling being in charge of a unit like this -- the assessment of the commanders both of the Latvians and of the allied battle group in Latvia of the work of our conscripts was very good. I believe that the experience that the future junior sergeants gained during the exercise -- foremost the planning of various operations and command of a squad in a tactical situation -- enabled them to develop and will help them perform their duties as a commander in the future," Tiidrus said.
In January, the attendees of the junior NCO basic training course are about to assume command of the conscripts joining the conscript force of the 1st Infantry Brigade mostly as part of the October call-up.