Poland’s Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced Monday that approximately 1,000 volunteers began their basic military training in Poland, saying there was a “large” interest in voluntary military service across the country.

 “A further 1,000 volunteers started training today for voluntary basic military service in 16 units in the whole country,” the defense minister said in a tweet.


“Interest in this type of service is large,” he added.

The minister also declared that the Polish government plans to train more troops this year, and many have already expressed their willingness to participate in the program.