The Lithuanian Armed Forces - the state's armed defense institution - the main part of the national defense system, protecting the state's sovereignty, the inviolability of its territory and airspace, defending the state from aggression or other armed attacks, performing military tasks following the Republic of Lithuania's international obligations.
MAIN TASKS OF THE LITHUANIAN ARMED FORCES
1. In peacetime:
- to protect the territory of the state (including surveillance, control, and defense of airspace and territorial sea) and military territories, as well as to monitor and control the exclusive economic zone and the continental shelf in cooperation with other state institutions;
- to support combat readiness, prepare for and participate in international operations;
- in cases and under the conditions established by law, to organize, coordinate the search and rescue of people and the elimination of pollution incidents, to manage and carry them out, to assist other state and municipal institutions.
2. During the armed defense against aggression (war) - to defend the Lithuanian state and other allied states independently and together with the allied armed forces.
The vision of the Lithuanian Armed Forces - The Lithuanian Armed Forces (LAF) is a military respected by the people of the Republic of Lithuania, valued by the Allies, cherishing the historical traditions of the LAF, staffed with modern armaments and equipment capable of operating independently and together with other NATO forces.
The mission of the Lithuanian Armed Forces is to protect and defend the Lithuanian state, its territorial integrity, and the country's interests, and to contribute to ensuring regional and international security and stability.
The values of the Lithuanian Armed Forces are related to the observance of the oath of the soldier and the content of this oath. Lithuanian soldiers are encouraged to live with the following values:
- Patriotism. Only by being a patriot of your country is it possible to defend it against any threats and not give up in a fight, no matter how many sacrifices it may require. Patriotism has various expressions, but soldiers should not have any ambiguities about the content of this word, if necessary, they should simply stand up to defend their homeland, their state, their family.
- Loyalty. Every soldier must be loyal to the Democratic Republic of Lithuania. Loyalty is a reciprocal relationship between commanders and subordinates, evidenced by devotion, dedication, courage, professionalism, decency, and honesty.
- Sacrifice. Citizens, having become soldiers, decide to serve the Republic of Lithuania, no matter what difficulties or dangers arise. This choice creates certain restrictions on personal freedom and requires sacrifice. The soldier must know that the military must act as a united team.
- Honesty. Soldiers maintain high moral standards. A soldier has to tell the truth, to honorably and honestly perform the assigned task (task), function and to achieve the set goal.
- Courage is the ability to overcome fear and do what is needed. Courage can be physical and moral. Physical courage helps to overcome the fear of possible injury or destruction and to perform their duties. Moral courage is the ability to hold fast to values, principles, and to do what is right, even when it is unpopular, there is an opportunity to be ridiculed, or even endangered. Courage is the physical and moral strength on which the spirit of battle and the success of the operation depends.
- Respect is the proper treatment of commanders, subordinates, and colleagues. It is a matter of respect for everyone, especially victims of conflict, dead, wounded, prisoners and civilians. It is important to realize that man is the most precious asset and that everyone is obliged to treat others with dignity and respect.
- Honor is the norm for the character and behavior of every soldier. Honor belongs to those who live by the word and whose actions coincide with the declared ideas. Honor is the connection that unites all the values of the military. Only a soldier who lives and serves honorably sets an example for everyone and contributes to a good internal environment and high morale of a military unit. Honor gives strength and a desire to live by values, especially when faced with danger.
- Integrity is the foundation of military discipline, military strength, and morality. Integrity in the military means adherence to established principles of warfare and other principles. A principled soldier is one who consistently and firmly adheres to the principles, is just.
PRIORITIES OF THE LITHUANIAN ARMED FORCES
1. Capacity development:
- in the field of combat training, special attention will be paid to the training of Lithuanian Armed Forces units to operate independently and comprehensively in the use of Combined Arms, as well as to the improvement of interoperability between the units;
- to improve the combat readiness of military units by increasing the number of personnel, as well as by acquiring and installing the necessary armaments and equipment;
- to increase the number of combat units of the Land Forces, which make up the LAF Rapid Reaction Force, and units of professional military service soldiers following the commitments to NATO capability aspirations;
- to acquire and install modern machinery, armaments, equipment, and facilities, giving priority to the most important needs of the priority units and capabilities related to the fulfillment of the set tasks. Maintain available machinery, weapons, equipment, and facilities;
- to create and implement a system for training and integrating the army personnel reserve into the LAF structure.
2. Cooperation with Allies and Partners:
- to allocate capabilities and resources to the implementation of the measures of the NATO Readiness Action Plan (RAP) and to conduct integrated combat training;
- to increase the number of NATO combat training exercises in Lithuania, emphasizing the importance of improving common interoperability;
- participate in international operations.
3. Cooperation and interaction with other units of the armed forces:
- increase interoperability and operational integration;
- use Dignitary Protection Department, Public Security Service, and State Border Guard Service according to their direct purpose and competence.
LEGAL STATUS OF THE LITHUANIAN MILITARY
LAF is an integral institution with the status of a public legal entity. The rights and duties of the Armed Forces as a public legal entity are exercised by the Commander of the Armed Forces. Military units and services do not have the status of a separate legal entity. The rights and duties of the Armed Forces, as a public legal entity, necessary for the implementation of the activities assigned to their competence may be delegated military units and services of the Armed Forces. In exercising these rights and duties, military units, and services represent and act on behalf of the military.