place across Estonia, Ussisõnad – Parseltongue – is the largest EDF and EDL
exercise for reservists in Estonian history. The reservists are trained by
experienced instructors from the territorial defence districts of the Defence
League, as well as from the Division’s 1st and 2nd Infantry brigades, the
Estonian Military Academy, the Special Operations Command, and also by instructors from United Kingdom,
United States and France.
learning to light fuses to setting up roadblocks, target practice and military
first aid, the volunteer soldiers need to be ready for call-up at any time. In
one sobering exercise, they learn to place a tourniquet on their own leg while
waiting for their comrades to suppress enemy fire.
commander’s intent is to raise more units, train them to be ready for both
conventional and hybrid war – even before any troops cross the border,” says
Meelis Kütt, chief of operations. EDL doesn’t
just cooperate with the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) but also the Police and
Border Guards whose job includes to maintain the integrity of Estonia’s
borders. Joint exercises have involved, for example, riot control, evacuation
of civilians and setting up road barriers.