[..] To avoid having to dispatch regular units to guard rear areas potentially very far from any fighting, the local defence forces Maakuntajoukot were created. These are voluntary units, generally companies tied to the region in which they are recruited. The voluntary and regional nature means that they are cheap, staffed by people that know each other from training together on a regular basis, and in wartime they would fight in terrain they know. This also makes them excellent for the envisioned liaison role between regional/operational forces and other authorities. On the flip side, their equipment needs are furthest down the pecking order, and the generally older personnel means that the physical fitness isn’t necessary on par with that of the younger reservists (though contrary to other reserve units there are yearly fitness tests which needs to be passed). [..]
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vara bungas: FI pareizi izvērtēja savas zemessardzes spējas, specifiku un attiecīgi noteica izpildāmus uzdevumus. Kamēr turpināsim kabināt LV zemessargiem regulārā karaspēka pienākumus, tikmēr būsim izsmieklis visas pasaules profesionāļiem. Nē, nu diplomātiski viņi smaidīs, sitīs uz pleca utt, bet mājās stāstīs kolēģiem, ka ir pabijuši valstī, kuras ģenerāļi izliekas nesaprotam atšķirību starp regulāro un paramilitāro (irregular) karaspēku.
A regular army is the official army of a state or country (the official armed forces), contrasting with irregular forces, such as volunteer irregular militias, private armies, mercenaries, etc. A regular army usually has the following:
- a standing army, the permanent force of the regular army that is maintained under arms during peacetime.
- a military reserve force that can be mobilized when needed to expand the effectiveness of the regular army by complementing the standing army.
A regular army may be:
- a conscript army, including professionals, volunteers and also conscripts (presence of enforced conscription, including recruits for the standing army and also a compulsory reserve).
- a professional army, with no conscripts (absence of compulsory service, and presence of a voluntary reserve), is not exactly the same as a standing army, as there are standing armies both in the conscript and the professional models.