On March 24-25 Chief of Defence of Lithuania Major General Jonas Vytautas Žukas and a delegation will be attending Future Force Conference 2015 at the invitation of Chief of Defence of the Netherlands General Tom Middendorp. The event will aim at identifying and analysing implications of the present security challenges on future armed forces.
Soldiers of the rotating U.S. forces have finished their combined training in the Baltic States and are now heading back to their permanent base in Germany with their military materiel by overland route.
On their way back to Vilseck on March 22-24 the soldiers of the 3rd Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment, U.S. Army in Europe, will stop by in Alytus, Kaunas, Saločiai, Pasvalys, Panevėžys, Marijampolė and Vilnius where they are going to communicate with people, present and show round their weaponry and equipment together with Lithuanian military.
On March 16-20 Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force Major General Almantas Leika conducted a formal visit to the United States of America. During the visit the Lithuanian Land Force Commander met with Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army General Raymond T. Odierno. The high-ranking officers addressed the conditions of training of the rotating U.S. forces in Lithuania and objectives of this training.
On February 24 this year the State Defence Council decided to reinstate mandatory initial military service for young people aged 19-26 for a period of five years. In fact, the draft will be of a partial nature rather than universal because a mixed model of manning the Lithuanian Armed Forces will be applied: a part of manpower will be conscript, and another - professionals. We are talking roughly 3-3.5 thousand recruits per year with roughly 200 thousand potential conscripts available in the country.
On March 2 through 5 a delegation of the U.S. Joint Multinational Readiness Centre (JMRC) in Hohenfels conducted a visit at the Grand Duchess Birutė Uhlan Battalion. On March 5 the head of the delegation, Lieutenant Colonel B. Carlson met with Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force Major General Almantas Leika.
Roughly 250 Lithuanian and U.S. military personnel were practicing offensive, defensive, security and stabilisation tasks at Exercise Joint Punch at a training area of the Lithuanian Armed Forces in Pabradė. Around 40 combat vehicles were used for the training.