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    Second edition of ‘Train with the Army’ programme launched

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    On Saturday, 14 January this year in Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Deputy Prime Minister-Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak inaugurated the second edition of the ‘Train with the Army’ project.

    “These are classes aimed primarily at training in the basic principles of handling weapons, survival, medical assistance, close-quarter combat, and so all that is needed to respond appropriately and effectively in a crisis,”

    Deputy Prime Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said during the inauguration of the project.

    On the initiative of the Ministry of Defence and the Polish Army, from now until February 25, free one-day military training courses will be organised for volunteers throughout Poland. This is the second edition of the ‘Train with the Army’ (Polish: Trenuj z wojskiem) project, this time under the slogan ‘Train with the Army during winter holidays’ (Polish: Trenuj z wojskiem w ferie).

    In 31 military units across Poland, military instructors are teaching the basics, i.e., using weapons, shooting, hand-to-hand combat, survival in difficult conditions, navigating in the field, medical assistance, behaviour during alarm and gunfire, and many other skills. The training is designed to teach proper habits for emergencies and crises and improve safety and confidence. During the training, the units provide food and insurance.

    “Many thanks to all those who take advantage of our offer. Our aim is that as many people as possible are trained but our aim is also to encourage young people to join the Polish Army. I am very pleased that during my presence in Tomaszow Mazowiecki, while talking to people who applied, there are so many young people who bind their future with the Polish Army,”

    Deputy Prime Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said.

    Today, the first training courses are taking place in Zamosc, Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Rzeszow, Ustka, Bielsko-Biala and Wesola near Warsaw.

    The Deputy Prime Minister also encouraged people to take part in the project and assured them that the training sessions are conducted by experienced instructors from the Polish Army.

    “Train with the Army” is a basic, short (8 hours), free and professional military training. Conducted in military units by qualified military personnel. It is a pro-social and pro-defence initiative.

    The first edition of the project took place in the autumn, i.e., October and November. For eight Saturdays, 4 000 trainees were trained. From the beginning, the project enjoyed great interest and popularity. Surveys of participants after the first edition showed that almost 99% of them felt that the training met their expectations.


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