Ukraine’s International Legion Broadens Recruiting Efforts

Ukraine’s International Legion of Defense Intelligence has opened up it’s recruitment efforts to those without prior military or combat experience, according to the organization via social media.

“We seek those who possess a deep passion for our cause, even if they may lack the specific training and experience we typically require. We have already noticed the submission of numerous applications, and we acknowledge your enthusiasm,” they posted on Instagram.

Unlike the Ukrainian foreign legion, the The International legion of Defense Intelligence of Ukraine, also known as the DIU Legion, falls under Main Directorate of Intelligence and is separate from the other military units “with different techniques, tactics, and procedures,” as they state on their website.

“At the Legion, we prioritize the readiness and proficiency of our servicemen. We do not dispatch unprepared individuals on our missions. For this reason, we are establishing a training center for recruits,” the unit posts.

Prior to the change, the unit of the DIU required “previous credible military experience” in addition to other skills. According to both the DIU Legion and other online sources, the units are routinely comprised of former special operations and combat arms members from NATO and other friendly countries.

Mike Godwin
Mike Godwin
Mike Godwin is a freelance journalist who focuses on defense and security matters in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, as well as NATO, Russia, and the Black Sea. He is a combat veteran of the United States Army and currently lives in Tbilisi, Georgia where he operates his journalism, analysis, and OSINT brand, MikeReports.


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