Poland to serve on NATO Spearhead Force - daily

The commander of the Polish brigade, Brigadier Dariusz Lewandowski, told Rzeczpospolita that the task was the biggest challenge for Poland in terms of building an international combat structure since the country joined NATO in 1999. Darek Delmanowicz/PAP

The Polish armed forces will for the first time be on annual combat duty in NATO, the Rzeczpospolita broadsheet wrote on Thursday. The shift will last throughout 2020 and the Polish forces will be on alert 24 hours a day.

The 21st Podhale Rifles Brigade will be the framework unit within NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), the military bloc's rapid response troops.

Selected units will have between two and five days to take action in the event of a military operation or natural disaster in any NATO member state.

The commander of the Polish brigade, Brigadier Dariusz Lewandowski, told Rzeczpospolita that the task was the biggest challenge for Poland in terms of building an international combat structure since the country joined NATO in 1999.

Six thousand soldiers will serve on the Spearhead Force, including four thousand from Poland, including other military units besides the rifles brigade.

Soldiers from the United Kingdom, Spain, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Latvia, Portugal, Romania and Albania will also serve on the force.