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Weapon handling, rules of close combat and more. Soldiers train volunteers as part of the “Train with the army” campaign

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In Świnoujście, soldiers from the 8th Coastal Defense Flotilla train civilians. During the event, participants can learn how to use weapons, survive and provide medical assistance on the battlefront. The campaign called “Train with the Army” is a continuation of an open training program for every willing Pole from 18 to 65 years of age.

The “Train with the army” campaign is underway in Świnoujście. It's a real treat for civilians, and a daily bread for military personnel. – Instructors from all units of the 8th Coastal Defense Flotilla show what soldiers do on a daily basis – says 2nd Lt. Cdr. Grzegorz Lewandowski from the 8th Coastal Defense Flotilla.

During military training, soldiers, among other things, show and teach how to behave in a civil defense crisis. – How to be safe, how to feel safe, how to use the knowledge acquired here in everyday life – says Grzegorz Lewandowski.

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Participants can learn the basics of weapon handling, survival rules, close combat and the ABC of medical assistance. – Since we are in the navy, there had to be elements of sea rescue. The holiday season is approaching, when people will spend more time by the water, so we want to show how to properly put on a life belt, how to stay in a life raft, how to throw a circle, how to approach a survivor – says 2nd Lt. Cmdr. Lewandowski.

However, this is not all that has been prepared. – At the beginning, after receiving occupational health and safety instruction, participants go through 3 learning points. The first is to participate in loading a non-floating technology vehicle, then storming this vehicle, i.e. securing such a vehicle against a possible change of position on the wave – says Capt. mar. Wojciech Zieliński, commander of ORP Kraków.

Then loading ammunition and learning about the types of mines. – A person who comes here actually receives a comprehensive information package and actively participates in the activities, just like every soldier in accordance with the alarm – emphasizes Zieliński.

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Who can take part in the training?

For most participants, it is an attraction and a diversification of the weekend. – Dynamic, really wow – comments Mrs. Marta. However, there are also those who take training seriously and primarily hope to acquire new skills. – This situation abroad, what is happening there, such training is also very useful – says Mr. Grzegorz.

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When the popular GPS in your phone fails, after training with the army, the compass will not be a problem. Mrs. Mia passed the techniques of survival in difficult conditions with flying colors. – I like it very much, it's very nice here – admits the woman. – I didn't expect it to look like this in real life – adds Ms. Agnieszka.

This is the fifth edition of the program. Any Polish citizen between 18 and 65 years of age can take part in it. The organizer of the series of classes is the Ministry of National Defense. – When everyone puts on gloves and a helmet, according to the alarm, a bit of a fighting spirit comes into him and he starts carrying out the tasks with great eagerness – says Wojciech Zieliński. – Perhaps among the people who will appear at the Naval Port there will be someone who will want to join our ranks, which we, of course, encourage – adds Capt. mar. Łukasz Koziarski from the 8th Coastal Defense Flotilla.

“Train with the army” campaign every Saturday until mid-July in selected units throughout the country.

Main photo source: TVN24

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