Territorial Defense Forces and National Reserve Forces in the Polish Defense System Cover Image

Wojska Obrony Terytorialnej i Narodowe Siły Rezerwowe w systemie obrony Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej
Territorial Defense Forces and National Reserve Forces in the Polish Defense System

Author(s): Tadeusz Compa
Subject(s): Security and defense, Military policy
Published by: OFFICINA SIMONIDIS. Wydawnictwo Uczelni Państwowej im. Szymona Szymonowica w Zamościu
Keywords: national forces; reserve forces; military training; defense territorial; initial forces

Summary/Abstract: After the army professionalization and abolition of obligatory military duty, there was a need to fill the gap in the personnel resources of the National Forces. It was obvious that number of reserve soldiers, who had completed their full-time military service before 2011, will shrink. The National Reserve Forces (NSR) should be the remedy to this problem. Unfortunately this new formation has no structures, no military units, it is only complementation of the existing formations. Territorial Defense Forces, which are the fifth type of national forces, have a typical structure, command, training system, and clearly defined tasks. They may carry out tasksaloneor in cooperation with operational forces. The main goal of this articles to present the tasks and specificities of WOT and NSR, their role in the national defense system and development perspectives. The author argues that the creation of National Reserve Forces was only a political procedure which should cover the actual situation in the Polish Army, including a drastic reduction of the cadets number in the National Forces.

  • Issue Year: 13/2020
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 79-98
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Polish