Yesterday, at the Tapa armed forces camp, the Ministry of Defence organised a national defence day for the Estonian Human Resources Management Association to draw public attention to the value of the conscript service for employers in the civilian sector.
According to Permanent Undersecretary of the Ministry of Defence Kristjan Prikk, our aim is to introduce contemporary conscript service to Estonia’s employers, through which values and skills – that are also necessary for a career outside of the military field – are developed.
‘In the Defence Forces, a young person receives training and practical experiences, throughout which they are tested in various physically and mentally complex situations, with responsibility for oneself as well as for others,’ said Prikk.
He emphasised that in this way a young person will attain greater awareness of their abilities, learn to keep calm in stressful situations, find solutions and look at difficult situations as sources of experience and not unavoidable difficulties.
‘It is clearly a misunderstanding that an individual, who has completed conscript service only brings away robust and military skills from their service, ideas which can only be implemented in a military field,' said Prikk.
According to Colonel Vahur Karus, Commander of the 1st Infantry Brigade, many young people in the Defence Forces also receive their first leadership experience as a squad or platoon commander – in a civil career, positions of authority are usually not reached at such an early age.
‘Responsibility, being the most arduous and important element of command, means the ability to make decisions, analytical skills and provides people with a certain moral high ground,’ said Colonel Karus.
He added that during conscript service young people also improve their knowledge in mathematics and physics.
According to Kärt Kinnas, Managing Director of the Estonian Human Resource Management Association (PARE), social skills – which are developed to a high degree during conscript service – are always valued by employers.
‘In conscript service there are people who come from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, who must work together in order to complete various assignments. The ability to take others into consideration and work together towards common objectives creates an excellent foundation for good employment relationships,’ noted Kinnas.
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