Support for the non-military system by the Territorial Defense Forces the fight against Covid-19
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Military University of Technology, Faculty of Security, Logistics and Management, Poland
War Studies University, Faculty of Management and Command, Institute of Logistics, Poland
A - Research concept and design; B - Collection and/or assembly of data; C - Data analysis and interpretation; D - Writing the article; E - Critical revision of the article; F - Final approval of article
Sławomir Byłeń   

Zakład Logistyki Wojskowej, Instytut Logistyki, Wydział Bezpieczeństwa, Logistyki i Zarządzania, ul. Kaliskiego 2B, 00-908, Warszawa, Polska
Submission date: 2022-07-05
Acceptance date: 2022-09-30
Publication date: 2022-09-30
SLW 2022;56(1):35–52
Soldiers of the Territorial Defense Forces (TDF) (Polish name: Wojska Obrony Terytorialnej – WOT) have been supporting medical services and local government entities in the fight against COVID-19 for over 2 years. During the pandemic period, as the number of cases increased, so did the number of operations carried out by TDF soldiers. The considerations presented in the article are related to the territorial defense forces, and the aim of research is to check, verify, and evaluate the status of involvement of TDF in supporting public administration, sanitation and emergency services in the fight against the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic. The research hypothesis was adopted, which assumed that the IT application implemented in the Territorial Defense Forces supporting the activities of the Territorial Defense Forces would enable universal access by entities of the non-military system applying for TDF assistance and would shorten the time needed to provide assistance. The implementation of the above-outlined aims of the article required answers to research questions: To what extent did the "Pomoc WOT" IT platform support the public administration, sanitary and emergency services in the fight against the pandemic? The following empirical research methods were applied: the method of analysis and criticism of the literature of the research subject and statistical methods concerning non-military actors, to which the soldiers of the TDF provided support in the fight against COVID-19. From among theoretical methods, the following were used: analysis, synthesis, and inference methods. Scientific research results. More than 1,000 TDF soldiers are deployed every day to carry out the tasks in the fight against the pandemic, providing support in dozens of hospitals and sanitary stations, vaccination points, as well as blood donation and transfusion centers. "WOT Pomoc" application implemented in the TDF Command was developed to facilitate submission, without physical contact, of support requests for TDF soldiers. Through its use, each of the state's non-military system entities eligible to receive military support has the ability to log into the application and submit a request for support. This eliminated the need for multi-level approval of requests, from the voivode up to the Minister of Defense. Since the launch of the application, all the activities related to submitting requests are done automatically, without the need to perform additional actions, and information about the approval of the request is transferred directly to the appropriate brigade commander of the Territorial Defense Forces.