Lithuanian National Defence Volunteer Forces

The National Defence Volunteer Forces or NDVF (Lithuanian: Krašto apsaugos savanorių pajėgos (KASP), previously Savanoriškoji krašto apsaugos tarnyba (SKAT)) is a branch of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. Volunteer forces were officially established on 17 January 1991 by the law of the Supreme Council of Lithuania on the National Defence Volunteer Service providing basis for establishing Voluntary National Defence Service. This decision made legal already existing volunteer formations that began appearing as early as 1990. Voluntary National Defence Service was reorganised into the National Defence Volunteer Force. In 2003 Volunteer Force was integrated into the Lithuanian Land Force. Tasks of volunteer soldiers were inevitably altered when Lithuania became a full-fledged member of NATO: approach of territorial defence was changed into territorial defence and training of modern active reserve. There are around 5000 volunteers and around 800 professional soldiers in the force.

National Defence Volunteer Forces
Krašto apsaugos savanorių pajėgos
Insignia of National Defence Volunteer Forces
Active1991 - present
Country Lithuania
Typemilitary volunteer forces
Sizemore than 4,900 active personnel
Part ofLithuanian Armed Forces
Anniversaries17 January 1991
Colonel Linas Kubilius
Flag of NDVF