Lithuania to send officers to Finland to learn to attract conscripts, reservists

  • 2022-08-18
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - Lithuanian Chief of Defense Valdemaras Rupsys says Lithuania will send officers to Finland to learn from their experience how to attract and train conscripts and reservists.

During his recent two-day visit to Finland, Rupsys and his Finnish counterpart Tim Kivinen talked about the regional security situation, shared insights into the ongoing war in Ukraine and discussed national and international exercises.

"This is a mutually beneficial visit. We are relatively a new NATO member, so we can give advice on the integration of defense plans and the allocation of forces after joining the Alliance. The issue of attracting and integrating personnel is of particular interest for the Lithuanian Armed Forces," Lieutenant General Rupsys was quoted as saying in a statement released by the army. 

"As soon as this fall, we will send our officers to take over Finland's good experience in attracting and training conscripts and reservists," the army chief said.

He also said that he's aware how long the implementation of any project takes, therefore, the two chiefs of defense discussed possible areas of cooperation after Finland's accession to NATO.

Finland, as well as Sweden, voiced their wish to join NATO after Russia invaded Ukraine in late February. Lithuania approved their NATO accession a month ago.