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In case the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania imposes a 9-month Permanent Initial Mandatory Military Service instead of the currently approved mode of initial mandatory military service, the 12-week long Basic Military Training, it would follow the same principle of draft as is valid now. In the first place, young people are expected to join the service voluntarily. In case a sufficient number of voluntary conscripts have not turned out, mandatory conscription would be implemented.

 
 Lithuania will train in NATO Crisis Management Exercise

On March 4-10 Lithuania will take part in a regularly-held NATO Crisis Management Exercise 2015 (CMX-15). The exercise is designed to put to test in practice decision-making and crises response procedures at NATO headquarters, NATO strategic commands and allied nations, as well as to vet technical capacity of the Alliance and existing national decision-making methods and procedures at strategic political-military level.

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 Cooperation between Lithuanian and U.S. special operations forces discussed
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On March 3 Vice Minister of National Defence Marijus Velička met with Commander of Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) Major General Gregory J. Lengyel. They discussed security situation and enhancement of defence interoperability in the region, combined training of Lithuanian and U.S. special operations troops, and participation in training missions and multinational operations.

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 Together with the United States Lithuania will render paramedical assistance to Ukraine through medical training
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Lithuania is joining the United States-led training mission of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and will provide support to Ukraine’s paramedics through medical training. The mission which will continue the assistance to Ukraine will involve three Lithuanian specialists of military medicine who will serve together with U.S. troops.

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 Data on interceptions of vessels and aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders from 23 February to 1 March 2015
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On 23 February – 1 March 2015 NATO fighter jets patrolling the Baltic airspace were scrambled to identify and escort aircraft flying near the Baltic States’ borderline in the NATO Baltic Air Policing Reaction Zone twice.

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 Lithuanian military concluded one more mission in Afghanistan
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As the Lithuanian Special Mission in Afghanistan will be drawn back after running for 10 years as of this the 1st of March, 2015, by decision of the Lithuanian Government, the Protection Team of the Head of the Lithuanian Special Mission in Afghanistan ended their tour of duty on February 26 and returned to Lithuania. The Protection Team was deployed in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, throughout the ten years of operation.

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 Join the 11th Tadas Dambrauskas Photography Contest “Lithuanian Armed Forces in Photography 2014–2015“
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Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence announces to everyone interested in photography and the military that the 11th traditional Tadas Dambrauskas Photography Contest “Lithuanian Armed Forces in Photography 2014-2015 has begun.

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February 16, celebration of State Restoration Day of Lithuania. Photo credit: Ieva Budzeikaitė
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