March 17, 2015

13 000 Soldiers Involved In Training Within The Estonian Firing Ranges – “Equivalent of Mobilisation”

The Estonian military is carrying out exercise known as “Siil” (Estonian for “hedgehog”), which is going to involve 13 000 soldiers. Around half of the participants of the exercise is going to come from the Estonian reserve forces.

The Estonian military is carrying out exercise known as “Siil” (Estonian for “hedgehog”), which is going to involve 13 000 soldiers. Around half of the participants of the exercise is going to come from the Estonian reserve forces.

According to Kuno Peek, working for the International Centre of Defence and Security, the  peculiarity of the exercise stems from the fact, that the operation is going to involve nearly 7000 soldiers of the reserve forces, who were trained mainly in the period between 2012 and 2014. Scope of the exercise includes formation of coherent units, which, as Peek stresses it, is an “equivalent of a mobilization during the wartime”. It is worth to note it that the general number of the soldiers that are being trained will be close to the number of people constituting 1% of the Estonian population (1.325 million people back in 2013, according to the data gathered by the World Bank). We should hence agree with the following hypothesis: aim of the “Hedgehog” exercise is to check the functioning of the mobilisation system, in the light of the potential danger.
Read more: Defence24

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