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Take the Finnish Defence Force's Cyber Challenge

Want to perform your Military Conscription in the information war regimen? Take the Cyber Challenge to see if you've got what it takes!

TLDR: Finnish Defence Force's Cyber Challenge

It is obligatory for Finnish men need to go join the defence forces. Traditionally this is related to traditional warfare as cannons, tanks, airplains, guns and whatnot.

Linus Torvalds, perhaps the most influential Finn in IT, famously said that:

The Finnish army only exists so that two Finnish men who do not know each other have something common to talk about

But times have changed and to keep up-to-date and make use of the skills that young Finns posess the military offers alternative positions such as:

  • Programmer: As a programmer you plan and implement a variety of technical projects for the internal use of the Defence Forces, as well as to the Internet. The responsibilities and tasks adapt to your skills.
  • IT Support / Administrator: As an administrator you'll get to learn and use a wide array of different technologies such as computing and networking infrastructure, content management systems. In addition you will gain skills in user support and technical documentation.
  • Combat Cameraman: As a Combat Cameraman your task is to record the activities of the Finnish Defence Forces in photographs and video. The duty takes place on land, at sea and in the air. For this task excellent physical state is a must.

The Finnish Army is currently also searching for personnel to specialize in information warfare. This is the first time they are recruiting conscripts for Cyber Defence. As a first step the interested are expected to fill and return a preassignment (in English):

Read more about the special duties in the Finnish Defence Forces:

Written by Janita on Friday July 17, 2015
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