Advent Calendar #5: Local Defence

The largely volunteer-based Local Defence Troops plays an important role in the Finnish total defence system, in providing motivated troops with local knowledge spread throughout the country (with the exception of the Åland Islands). The majority of these are organised in light infantry units, that can perform protection and guard duties, as well as liaisons to other FDF units. In return, they provide an opportunity for reservists without a wartime unit to get back into uniform and into refresher exercises. Here a picture from a local range a few years ago. Picture source: Own picture

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