18 Oct. 2018
Damian Krasnodebski, 27, an architect, and other recruits check in at a barrack on their first day of 16-day basic training for Poland's Territorial Defence Forces, at a military unit in Siedlce, Poland, December 1, 2017. Faith in ideals and willingness to serve his country made Krasnodebski want to join the territorial army. "It is so important that you believe in some ideals to do something for your country," he said. "NATO is an old alliance. Hopefully, they will never have to show how it works in practice. I think you have to rely on yourself, on your own strength." REUTERS/Kacper Pempel SEARCH "POLAND MILITARY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.