April 29, 2015

Volunteers’ Perceived Obligations in the Estonian Defence League

In recent years the volunteer sector’s contribution to providing public services has increased—volunteer assistant police officers are working in the police force, rescue functions are partly performed by volunteer rescuers and the Estonian Defence League is responsible for taking over the central role in ensuring the territorial protection of the country.

In recent years the volunteer sector’s contribution to providing public services has increased—volunteer assistant police officers are working in the police force, rescue functions are partly performed by volunteer rescuers and the Estonian Defence League is responsible for taking over the central role in ensuring the territorial protection of the country.

Considering today’s geopolitical situation where the Ukrainian-Russian conflict threatens security in the entire Europe, the role of the Defence League has become more important than ever. Worry for the security of close ones has increased the number of voluntary members. When in 2013 the number of members in the Defence League and Women’s voluntary defence organisation (Naiskodukaitse) increased by 500, in 2014 the same figure was already over a 1,000 and today there are more than 16,500 members in the Defence League and Women’s voluntary defence organisation. Increase in the number of members in turn poses a challenge to the management of the Defence League, as it is their responsibility to ensure the smooth cooperation of the organisation and its members, as well as the skilful application of the volunteers’ potential.

Read more: Volunteers’ Perceived Obligations in the Estonian Defence League (PDF)

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