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18 Oct. 2018
As Poland prepares to mark the centenary of its independence... more
POLAND-NATIONALISM/MILITIA
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18 Oct. 2018
Siedlce, Poland
As Poland prepares to mark the centenary of its independence this November, thousands of Poles are training in all weathers for a part-time force meant to help defend the eastern European state from invasion. More than 12,000 volunteers have joined the Territorial Defence Forces (WOT), as well as more than 2,000 professional soldiers. The government expects to add 10,000 recruits annually, to reach a total of more than 50,000 by the end of 2021. This year alone, the defence ministry plans to spend 568 million zloty ($153 million) on WOT, nearly as much as on the navy. The Territorial Defence Forces forces are modelled on America's National Guard, and explicitly are prepared to die for their country: In its mission statement, the formation says the biggest benefit for the nation and for recruits will be its "contribution to national security and the strengthening of patriotic values through the practical dimension of sacrifice for Poland." REUTERS/Kacper Pempel SEARCH "POLAND MILITARY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: POLAND-NATIONALISM/MILITIA
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