7.7. 18:56 | Updated 7.7. 21:09
On Monday about 12,000 rookies entered military service.
Due to the coronavirus epidemic, barracks have exceptional arrangements in place to reduce contact and prevent exposure.
Conscript Association took a position arrangements on Monday. The statement states that during the pandemic, those who completed the service have not been able to experience what it would be like in the army under normal conditions.
About the service The graduates are divided into three groups, each with four weeks of service and two weeks of leave.
Chairman of the Military Association Atte Grönroosin according to, long periods of service have been reflected in the well-being and daily care of those who perform the service.
“Communication with loved ones has decreased and the handling of civil life matters has become considerably more difficult. The challenges are especially evident in characters who find it difficult to stay out of the familiar environment and normal everyday life. ”
“Concerns are also highlighted by those who already have their own daily life at home and live on their own, as well as in special cases such as entrepreneurs.”
Grönroos proposes that, as vaccination coverage increases, a reduced model would be introduced, with two weeks of service instead of four and one week on holiday instead of two. Then you would be able to visit your home more often.
“It’s hard to be in continuous service with the same people for so long, in small circles,” he says.
High-quality and sufficient recovery time during the service facilitates the situation, Grönroos believes.
“Conscripts have been given the opportunity to use the services of a military home car while the military homes are closed. They have been given new sports opportunities and game consoles have been brought into the departments for common use. There could be even more free time for Sunday nights. ”
On members of different groups must not be in contact with each other and use different routes and eat in different places. Masks and safety intervals are kept in training situations.
Coronary tests are performed on those who are ill and exposed to the coronavirus. Upon receiving a positive result, the patient is isolated to avoid further infections. Asymptomatic conscripts returning from holidays are not tested.
At the end of the free periods of the service, a three-day home quarantine is held, thus avoiding external contacts. When returning to the barracks, contact avoidance will continue for another three days.
Stricter practices than civilian life are justified by the fact that the coronavirus can easily spread in a community like the garrison.
Chief of Information of the Defense Forces Max Archipelago according to the exceptional rhythm and rules have been treated sympathetically, even though they are heavy.
“I would exaggerate if I said that the conscripts have been happy with the arrangements. It goes without saying that four weeks in the service feels heavy. It is a completely human reaction not to meet loved ones for a month, and communication with colleagues is severely limited. ”
Pandemian During the period, several chains of infection have been identified among conscripts.
In the spring, the coronavirus spread, for example, at the Maasotakoulu in the Hamina garrison.
Read more: Nearly 400 conscripts have been infected with the coronavirus this year
According to the latest figures, a total of 656 coronary infections have been diagnosed in employees this year. New infections have been identified since the beginning of July 21.
Infections have decreased significantly, with 246 cases remaining in March.
“It is pointless for us to bang the braces on the reduction of infections, as the new delta variant is spreading to young people as well.”
According to Arhippainen, new chains of infection may come again once thousands of newcomers have joined the service.
“It’s very possible, even though we’ve emphasized that being sick doesn’t come. Common sense, it would be surprising if there were no infections. That is why group divisions are still necessary. ”
Archaic according to the Defense Forces has succeeded in limiting infections. He describes the action as effective.
“In the spring there was mass exposure in the Karelian brigade, but the exposed were isolated into subgroups and thus prevented the spread of the virus to the entire garrison.”
Quarantine practices have also been criticized. In March, the Conscript Association said some conscripts were hesitant to report their symptoms suggestive of a corona in order not to be quarantined.
Read more: According to the conscript association, some conscripts are not afraid to seek medical attention for fear of quarantine.
“Hiding the symptoms is understandable, as the flu of one conscript can cause tens of quarantine or even more than a hundred conscripts and even long postponement of holidays, which after four weeks of detention may seem like a mentally impossible option,” Grönroos told the Conscript Association. position in March.
Defense Forces start coroning vaccinations for new entrants in the week beginning July 19th.
The goal is to vaccinate them during this month. Vaccines have already been given to conscripts in the previous batch at the turn of June-July.
During the first two weeks of service, beginners will be given routine vaccinations against, for example, tetanus and measles. To ensure vaccination safety, coronary vaccines should not be given earlier than two weeks after any other vaccination.
The Defense Forces strongly recommend the use of a coronary vaccine.
“When the herd shelter is large enough, we can plan to dismantle the arrangements. We remind you that by vaccinating, you protect yourself as well as your fellow workers. Vaccines also allow greater freedom of movement in leisure time, ”Arhippainen explains.
The conscription hoped that vaccinations for those in service could have begun as early as spring. According to Grönroos, it is the most important thing that contributes to the easing of the exemption arrangements.
“We can return to normal once vaccination coverage is restored among those in service.”
Other servings are also offered during service. If the conscript has received the first vaccine before entering the service, the Defense Forces will arrange a second dose.