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KAITSELIIT History of Kaitseliit History of Kaitseliit November 11, 1918 – Instead of a self defence organisation Kaitseliit (Eesti Kaitse Liit) which had been engaged in territorial defence during the Estonian War of Independence was established.

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History of Kaitseliit
  • November 11, 1918 – Instead of a self defence organisation Kaitseliit (Eesti Kaitse Liit) which had been engaged in territorial defence during the Estonian War of Independence was established.
  • June 17, 1940 – The Soviet occupation started liquidation of the Republic of Estonia and Kaitseliit simultaneously.
  • February 17, 1990 -re-establishing of Kaitseliit in Järvakandi
the goal of kaitseliit
The Goal of Kaitseliit

is to rise the population’s willingness to defend the independence of Estonia and the constitutional order.

the law of kaitseliit
The Law of Kaitseliit
  • February 8, 1999- The EstonianParliament (Riigikogu) adopted the Law of Kaitseliit, which provides the position of Kaitseliit in society and national defence, it’s main tasks, structure, legal basis for operations and control and co-operation with other persons.
members of kaitseliit8
Members of Kaitseliit
  • Active member-a citizen of the Republic of Estonia, at least 17 years old.
  • Young member- a citizen of the Republic of Estonia, at least 15 years old.
  • Honorary member- an Estonian or foreign citizen, who has provided remarkable service to Kaitseliit.
  • Supportive member- an Estonian or foreign citizen, who recognises the aims of Kaitseliit and contributes to their achievement.
structure of the estonian national defence
Structure of the Estonian National Defence



Air Force

The Parliament

The President

The Government

National Defence Council

The Minister of Internal Affairs

The Minister of Defence

Commander of the Defence Forces

The Ministry of Internal Affairs

The Ministry of Defence

Commander of Kaitseliit

Joint Staff of the Defence Forces

General HQ of Kaitseliit

Other Armed Units

Regional Units

international peace operations 2008
International Peace Operations 2008
  • 1 staff officer in Kosovo (NATO KFOR)
  • 1 platoon in EU Nordic Battle Group
  • 1 platoon in Kosovo, Mitrovica ((NATO KFOR)
  • Kaitseliit members are participating in other EDF foreign missions (Iraq, Afghanistan)
structure of training in kaitseliit

From defence forces


Structure of training in Kaitseliit










arms of kaitseliit17
H&K USP – pistol

AK-4 – assault rifle

Galil Sniper - rifle

Galil – assault rifle

M14 – semi-automatic rifle

Carl Gustav – grenade launcher

B-300 –grenade launcher

90 mm anti-tank gun

KSP 58 – machine gun

MG3 – machine gun

81 mm mortar

Arms of Kaitseliit
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Victory Day Parade
  • The Estonian Victory Day (1918) has been celebrated until WW II with military parades, organized by Kaitseliit.
  • Since 2000, Victory Day parades have been organized by Kaitseliit again.
  • In 2006, the first Fleet Review in Estonian history was conducted by Kaitseliit in June in Saaremaa.
co operation with rescue board
Co-operation with Rescue Board
  • Co-operation contract was undersigned 2007.
  • Members of Kaitseliit have mainly participated in firefighting and rescue tasks and have also helped in looking for missing persons.
co operation with police
Co-operation with Police
  • Co-operation contract since 2004
  • More than 100 members of Kaitseliit have been trained to assist policemen
  • Members of Kaitseliit help during fires, in looking missing persons and chasing fugitives, during big events to keep order.
clubs in kaitseliit
Clubs in Kaitseliit
  • FC Kaitseliit Kalev
  • Shooting club “MäLK”
goal of naiskodukaitse
Goal of Naiskodukaitse
  • The goal of Naiskodukaitse is to support Kaitseliit in their task to defend all resources, - the population, territory and property - belonging to the Republic of Estonia and in developing the defence initiative of the population.
  • In Naiskodukaitse you may be in medical, catering or communications service, leader of the youth organisation (Kodutütred), an instructor, head of a structural unit of Naiskodukaitse.
members of naiskodukaitse
Members of Naiskodukaitse
  • An Estonian citizen, at least 17 years of age can be an active member of Naiskodukaitse.
  • Naiskodukaitse has active, honorary and supportive members.
basic training of naiskodukaitse
Basic training of Naiskodukaitse
  • Patriotic education
  • Catering
  • First aid and preventive medicine
  • Basic military skills
  • Drill
  • Communications
  • Weapons’ training

Total 72 hours, you have to pass an exam to finish the basic training course.

specialities in naiskodukaitse
Specialities in Naiskodukaitse
  • Medical
  • Catering
  • Military skills
  • Communications
  • Rescue training
  • Logistic services
  • Public relations
  • Physical training
  • Staff procedures
  • Economy

Special training lasts 40 hours and an exam has to be passed

the youth organisation for girls kodut tred
The Youth organisation for girls - Kodutütred
  • The organisation was established on January 19, 1930
  • A member of the organisation can be an Estonian citizen, at least 8 years old
noored kotkad
Noored Kotkad
  • The organisation was established by a resolution of the Kaitseliit’s Board of Elders on May 27, 1930
  • Members of the organisation can be all male citizens of the Republic of Estonia from 8 to 18 years of age.
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Noored Kotkad

Aims of the organisation:

  • to develop stability, friendliness, honesty, kindness and good manners in young people;
  • to develop diligence, leadership skills, decision-making powers, persistence, independence and self-control;
  • to deepen love for their home and country, prepare them for service in the defence forces;
  • to provide skills for helping those in need.