The New York Army National Guard Soldiers are stepping up and helping Ukraine win against Russia by alloting 140 American soldiers for coalition training. 

These soldiers are reportedly assigned to the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. They will do an initial training at Fort Bliss, Texas, before deploying to Germany. 

The troops are set to assist the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine Mission in coordination with the European military. The soldiers are assigned to hold training at the Combat Training Center-Yavoriv. 

The US has previously sent training troops to Germany at the beginning of the war, and the New York Army National Guard soldiers will be replacing the 160 Florida Army National Guard Soldiers from the 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s Task Force Gator. 

Other nations are also participating in the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine Mission, including Poland, Sweden, Canada, Lithuania, the UK, and Denmark. 

Ukraine’s Military Roots

According to Adrian Bonenberger, veteran and author of “The Disappointed Soldier and Other Stories From War,” Ukraine is equipped with highly intelligible and strategic military troops. After volunteering for 10 days to help the Ukrainian Ground Forces, he learned that the Ukrainian military has deep roots in their experiences with the Soviet Union. They have generals and junior officers who used to be part of the Soviet army. Because of this, they have inside knowledge of how Russian intelligence works as well as general strategies. 

Anti-terrorist operation in eastern Ukraine
Anti-terrorist operation in eastern Ukraine (Source: Ministry of Defense of Ukraine/Wikimedia Commons)

Though the Ukrainian forces underwent reform in the starting 1990s, their military system took a huge hit when resources declined. As a result, between 1991 and 2014, their military shrunk and almost vanished. 

So even though they had thousands of logged armored vehicles and tanks, with no personnel to be trained on the equipment, it was useless.