The Estonian government decided in a telephone meeting on Tuesday to summon 823 reservists for the snap exercise Okas 2019, which will run from Tuesday through the end of this week. Upon the proposal of the Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF), those to be summoned were reservists of the 61st Logistics Battalion.
Reservists whose units have been summoned are required to report without delay to the rendezvous point in Tapa noted in their summons.
The snap exercise Okas 2019 is to serve as a readiness inspection, in the course of which the national defense chain of command is to be tested — from the decision made by the Government of the Republic to the rendezvous of rapid response reservists.
The snap exercise is training in nature, as Estonia is not currently facing any immediate security threats.
The EDF is tasked with ensuring that the state is prepared for all kinds of situations, including those whose risk of materializing are slow. The EDF must be prepared to defend Estonia as well as practice doing so at exercises.
The EDF summons reservists to bigger and smaller exercises such as Siil and Kevadtorm ("Spring Storm") with 120 days' notice on a regular basis.
Editor: Aili Vahtla