Growing home guard needs more resources, says officer ({{commentsTotal}})

The Estonian Defense League, a voluntary home guard, has seen the number of new recruits increase since the Ukraine crisis began. The institution is aiming to increase its numbers to 30,000, double the current participation.

Lieutenant Colonel Toomas Väli, the head of the Defense League's Tallinn headquarters, said the force is currently handling the increased influx well.

“At some point this will bring about a very sizable redistribution of resources. The problem is not so much in equipment for infantry, but greater capability must come with greater manpower – to put it bluntly, larger and stronger weapons,” he said.

Defense League chief Brigadier General Meelis Kiili said the force currently makes up 8 percent of the nation's entire defense budget. He said he does not know what the budget would be like for 30,000 people.

“The Defense League creates ability for national defense. This is inexpensive. If those abilities are implemented, then similar resources, as enjoyed by other organizations, are necessary,” Kiili said.

Deputy Director of National Security and Defense Coordination at the Government Office Kristjan Prikk said resources depend on the tasks. “If the situation is that men are just enlisted, then the resource is not very big. If tasks exceed being mere infantry unit, then needs increase substantially,” he added.

Editor: M. Oll

Easter Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting productionEaster Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting production
Estonia’s Easter Monday time loop: Discussing an additional day off

Every year, Estonia reliably asks itself the question whether or not Easter Monday should be made a public holiday. Opinions differ. While one side emphasizes the importance of family time, the other thinks an additional day off would threaten economic growth.

Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).
Samost: Kaia Iva’s charisma could help IRL out of long-term low

In Sunday’s “Samost ja Rumm” radio debate show, editor-in-chief of ERR’s online news, Anvar Samost, and journalist and former politician Hannes Rumm discussed the potential and actual candidates for the chairmanship of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL). At the time of the broadcast, Helir-Valdor Seeder had not yet made his intention to run public.