MORE THAN 70 percent of Slovak professional soldiers lack skills for emergency survival in nature, according to the Special Health Services and Training Institute (ÚSZaV).
ÚSZaV is based at the country's Lešť military training centre and has recently released a document that claims many Slovak soldiers cannot read maps, work with a compass, or start a fire in a forest.
Less than 10 percent of soldiers can fight with unconventional arms such as a bow, nunchaku, and tonfa.
The document is available on the Slovakia's Defence Ministry website.
USZaV organises courses of survival for Slovak professional soldiers aiming to increase their skills in new battle techniques and the use of unconventional arms.
21. Jul 2003 at 0:00 | From press reports