Schooling up the kids…

Two different takes in two different ends of the same rock.

In Estonia, the Riigikaitseõpetuse (National Defense Education) program is aimed at teens. Organized into 70 hours of formal instruction, half are delivered online via remote education, then capped by an intense three-day field camp. Besides military history, drill, and courtesy, it also spends nine hours covering land navigation, 14 hours in basic weapons training, 14 hours in first aid, and 10 hours in CBW/NBC along with civil defense tasks such as basic firefighting and search and rescue.

It was first established in 2015 and, while no substitute for some serious BMT, is better than nothing and courses like this can serve as a spark to encourage seeking additional training. It would be nice if something like this was offered wholesale here, in addition to current programs like JROTC, Sea Scouts, etc. 

Attendance is voluntary and unpaid, and those who graduate from the course receive the Riigikaitseõpetuse rinnamärk or National Defense Education badge, with lapel wear encouraged

A camp, one of many across the country, was held last week for 377 students from 12 schools.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe…

Philippine lawmakers are considering making introductory military training mandatory for all college and university students, via four semesters of ROTC and an inactive reserve commitment to serve as O1s should things go south.


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