HS asked the three new entrants what they thought about performing the service during the Korona period.
New the rookies entered the service last Monday under exceptional circumstances. The barracks still have precise arrangements in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Conscripts are mainly four weeks off and two weeks on vacation. Before returning from vacation, they must avoid contact for three days and after arriving at the barracks for another three days.
In troop divisions, conscripts are divided into three groups that do not face each other. For example, groups travel different routes and eat in different places. The spread of the virus is also prevented by masks, safety distances and good hand hygiene.
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Helsinki Eemeli Larste, 20, began his service in the Guards Jaeger Regiment in the Uusimaa Jaeger Battalion. He recently learned that he had been able to study economics at the University of Vaasa.
“I wanted to take care of the army in the meantime. I will probably be here for a year and then I will be able to start my studies. ”
There may be differences between ranks in the rhythm of closed and free time. Larste’s service starts with a two-and-a-half week service period followed by a week’s vacation.
“I’ve heard that in the future, the rhythm would be three weeks off and a week off. A four week catch would certainly be harder to endure. However, it is difficult to compare the pace to anything when there is no experience of anything else. ”
In spring Larste, who graduated as a student, managed to be in contact school for only six weeks in contact school. How does it feel to be working closely with colleagues now?
“In the winter and spring, larger gatherings were missed by me. Before Intimate, I’ve seen friends and been in the center spinning. Being close to people already feels normal. ”
Since the beginning of July, conscripts have been diagnosed with a total of 51 corona infections. Larste is not worried about the situation.
“I’ve been thinking about it, and it doesn’t bother me much. Good thing I got here at all. Here, virus prevention has been thought through to the end. Safety intervals are kept inside the company and the underwear tells us to wear the mask. ”
In Paris resident and born in Helsinki Wete Riphine Bitumbu, 21, arrived in Finland a month before the army began. He performs voluntary military service in the Karelian Brigade in the Eastern Finland Message Battalion.
Prior to the military, Bitumbu studied apprenticeship in France. He entered the service at just the right time, as the training was suspended due to the coronavirus.
“In the spring, I did part-time work to save money for intint. When school closed too, nothing stopped me from coming. I’m happy to be here. ”
Bitumen says he is a little worried about the spread of the coronavirus but believes vaccinations and restrictions will keep the situation under control.
“Everything is fine when we wear masks, hand gloves and safety gaps. Here we are really careful not to spread the virus. Even those close to us don’t worry so much that we would infect them when we get on vacation. ”
Six weeks off and two weeks off is a good rhythm for Bitumbu.
“I think time goes by quickly because I get along well with my coworkers.”
Pike Ville Kovalainen, 19, performs his service in the Kainuu Brigade in the Kuopio Service Battalion. He spent the spring distance learning before writing and graduating.
Kovalainen sees both pros and cons in the military’s holiday arrangement.
“Four weeks is a pretty long time to be caught. On the other hand, when you think about it, it’s easy to do something bigger on a two-week vacation. The pace doesn’t bother me when there’s no compelling spending home. ”
The spread of the coronavirus is not a cause for concern in Kovalainen.
“There’s really nothing you can do about it, so it’s useless to think about it.”
Defense Forces chief psychiatrist Kai Vilkman has noticed the effects of the corona epidemic in his work.
“In the spring of 2020, garrison health stations had more visits for mental reasons compared to spring 2019.”
According to Vilkman, exceptional arrangements can burden employees and make it more difficult to handle civil matters.
“It’s hard to manage a relationship over the phone, let alone if you already have your own family and children. Some may have financial problems with civilians. ”
Vilkman also sees good aspects in the rhythm of the week. Two-week holidays after four weeks of service make it possible to do gig work, for example.
Tobacco buddies immediate support helps withstand long service times.
“I’ve seen the living room hold one in its own gang. It is a very important factor in supporting endurance. Yes, smoking friends will notice if someone is feeling bad, ”says Vilkman.
Interesting activities maintain the resilience and motivation of those employed.
“When you get to shoot with a thrower or cannon, it’s meaningful training. Many conscripts expect them to get to shoot really. Time doesn’t feel so long when it’s nice to do. ”
“We strive to determine the health status of the person entering the service in advance so that the service is not interrupted immediately.”
Last over the decade, the proportion of mental health reasons for conscription service interruptions increased from 35% to 45%.
Anxiety, depression, and intoxicants are the most common mental health reasons for suspending service. Often, mental problems have already begun in the civilian and come to light early in the service.
According to Vilkman, social anxiety also overshadows the length of service of many.
“We are in the service around the clock with the same people. It can start to be distressing if you suffer from fear of social situations. ”
Vilkman hopes that the problems will be addressed in time.
“We strive to determine the health status of the person entering the service in advance so that the service is not interrupted immediately. It is important that young people are cared for in the civilian sector. Not everyone applies for research and treatment. ”
Mental well-being assistance can be sought during service from a social curator and a military pastor, who will, if necessary, refer the employee to a health station for assessment.
Serviceability is thoroughly assessed.
“We can’t say that but now that the service will end and go home. The estimate is made according to an established formula. This includes, for example, a long interview and a depression survey. ”