Registration began today for work shadowing days set to take place in various military units in August and September, where girls aged 15–25 can take on the role of conscript for a day.
The aim of work shadowing is to introduce young women to training and living conditions in the military and career opportunities in the Defence Forces.
According to the Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet, an increasing number of women are interested in entering conscription service; however, ignorance, myths and fears stand in the way of their doing so.
‘Work shadowing days provide a realistic overview of what a conscript’s everyday life looks like directly from the field and offers an excellent opportunity to conquer one’s fears of not being able to cope’, said Laanet.
The Commander of the Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Martin Herem, emphasized that almost 60 per cent of women who have completed their military service will continue their careers in the Defence Forces. ‘Women can be successful in the Defence Forces, and the best way to be sure of this to come and take part in the everyday life of a conscript,’ he said.
‘Women have an equal opportunity with men to contribute to the defence of the homeland by serving in any position in the Defence Forces,’ said Herem.
He noted that military service develops skills that will be useful later in life – such as discipline, leadership and team-working skills, the ability to make decisions, survival skills, strategic and critical thinking, and self-confidence.
Work shadowing days will last from 8 to 12 hours, or even up to 24 hours, and take place in the Air Defence Battalion, the Viru Infantry Battalion, the Kuperjanov Infantry Battalion, Cyber Command in the Headquarters Support and Signal Battalion, the Strategic Communications Centre, the Military Police Guard Battalion, and the Logistics Battalion.
In addition to participation in basic training, work shadowing in the Navy includes getting acquainted with the ship where conscripts will live.
In recent years, more than 1500 girls have taken part in women’s conscript information days and work shadowing days.
The exact dates, military units involved and registration information on work shadowing days can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/NaisedRiigikaitses
Information on the organisation of life for female conscripts and servicewomen can also be found on the webcast ‘Women in Uniform’ run by Eeva Esse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E87MxumPQhM&t=9s
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