On June 10 a specialized course for servicemembers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine under the Defence Education Enhancement Program (DEEP) wrapped at Division General Stasys Raštikis Lithuanian Armed Forces School. Proposed by DEEP staff, the course was delivered in three countries, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Poland, thus providing practical assistance to professional military training institutions of partner nations and troubleshooting their deficiencies in defence and warfighting readiness.
During the month of duration of the course delivered by Ukrainian instructors military personnel were additionally familiarized with infantry weapons available in the Lithuanian Armed Forces, Lithuanian military training, tested their fitness at a NATO obstacle course and a combat self-defense and pre-battle training. They also competed in basketball, futsal, table tennis, military relay race matches at 2022 Lithuanian Armed Forces School sports games on guest rights.
According to instructors of the course, extra activities used to be arranged for the Ukrainian military on a daily basis after the regular course (on weaponry and equipment of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, military topography, tactics, teaching methodology) by instructors of the Lithuanian Armed Forces School. The Ukrainian instructors were not shy with praises to Lithuanian colleagues about the way the activities were delivered. One of the instructors summarized the four weeks of training by praising the advancement of cooperation between the Lithuanian Armed Forces School and the Armed Forces of Ukraine in military education area and expressing a hope it would last.
The course participants said they were taking only the best of memories back home from Lithuania and the School, and also returning better equipped as experts – and more familiar with our country as well. Some said they enjoyed most the subject on the weaponry and equipment of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, battlefield tactics or military topography, others mentioned live-fire training with GLOCK 17 and combat self-defense activities. The servicemembers claimed that the month of training was an invaluable experience for them as professionals and an incentive to keep trying.
“See you soon, it was nice meeting you! Thank you!” thanked the Ukrainian troops in correct Lithuanian bidding farewell to the Lithuanian Armed Forces School and wished to the Lithuanian people to never have to endure the horror of war and only have peaceful skies above.
Photo and info credits: Lithuanian Armed Forces School.