Vision | Mission | Code of Conduct | Symbols | Badges | Medals

Vision

"The vision for the College is to be a modern, future-oriented, attractive and competitive, English language-based international defence college with a regional focus and Euro-Atlantic scope. The College serves as a Professional Military Education institution teaching at the operational and strategic levels, applying latest educational principles, effective management andbest use of intellectual and material resources."


Mission

"Educate military and security-related civilians personnel of the Framework Nations, allies and partners, while promoting international cooperation and networking and contributing to research in security and defence policy, in order to meet the enduring defence and security needs of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania."


Baltic Defence College

EDUCATES

the military and civilian students and delivers the high quality educational programs at an operational, joint, and strategic level in meeting our customer's requirements.

ENGAGES

in Security and Defence Policy-related research and academic activities in the field of PME, with the main focus on Baltic Sea Region and Russia as well as have wider look and addressing the importance of the Transatlantic link for the region.

ENHANCES

multinational cooperation by applying NATO Standards and Procedures and conducting education in English for the needs of Allied nations and partners.


Code of Conduct


Symbols

The official motto of the Baltic Defence College: “Ad Securitatem Patriarum” - “For the Security of the Homelands.” The motto was adopted at the founding of the College.

Flag of the Baltic Defence College

The Flag of the Baltic Defence College is two-sided. The background of the front side of the flag is NATO blue symbolising strength through unity. The emblem of the Baltic Defence College is centred to the flag side. The background of backside is ivory representingthe College’s association with the guard corps, as an institution of military higher education, thanks to its loyalty and dedication. The contour of the map of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania is grey while the names of the respective countries are having identical colour with the background. The names of the States are spelt in Official languages accordingly EESTI, LATVIA, LIETUVA. The common contour map of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania reflects the geographical region and the owning countries of the Baltic Defence College. It also marks the main educational focus of the Baltic Defence College. The motto of the College“ET SECURITATEM PATRIARUM”in golden upper-case letters is arched over the map, and arched beneath the emblem is the inauguration date of the College 25.II 1999.

Emblem

The emblem is composed of the interlaced flags of the Baltic states impaled on a triangular shield. Behind the shield is a crossed golden sword and general's baton. The emblem is used in all official documents of the Baltic Defence College.

Rounded emblem

The rounded emblem is composed of the interlaced flags of the Baltic states impaled on a triangular shield. Behind the shield there is a crossed golden sword and general's baton. The emblem's background is green. The emblem is used on the sleeve of the uniform's of military staff and course members.

Badges

The Lecturer’s Badge is composed of interlaced flags of the Baltic states – Estonia, Latvia, Lithuanian – impaled on a triangular silver coloured shield. There are a golden coloured sword and a marshal’s baton crossed behind the shield. Name of the institution is written horizontally in silver capital letters on the black coloured background below the shield. Motto of the BALTDEFCOL ‘Ad Securitatem Patriarum’ is written horizontally in silver letters on black colours above shield.

The Senior Leaders’ Course’s Graduation Badge is composed of the interlaced flags of the Baltic states – Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania - impaled on a triangular golden coloured shield. Behind the shield, there are two crossed golden Marshal's batons. The name of the Course “Senior Leaders’ Course” is written in black letters horizontally on silver coloured background above the shield. The name of the institution is written in black capital letters on the silver coloured background below the shield.

The Higher Command Studies Course's Graduation Badge is composed of the three interlaced flags of the Baltic states impaled on a triangular shield. Two crossed golden general's batons are placed behind the shield flanked by two garlands of laurel leaves. The image of Tartu city arms is attached to the upper part of the badge.

The Command Senior Enlisted Leaders' Course's Badge is composed of the three interlaced flags of the Baltic states impaled on a triangular golden shield. Two crossed silver swords are placed behind the shield flanked by two garlands of laurel leaves.

The Joint Command and General Staff Course's Graduation Badge is composed of the three interlaced flags of the Baltic states impaled on a triangular shield. Behind the shield there is a crossed golden sword and general's baton. The shield is flanked by two garlands of oak leaves.

The Civil Servants Course's Graduation Badge is composed of the three interlaced flags of the Baltic states impaled on a triangular shield. Behind the shield there is crossed golden sword and a general's baton.


Medals

The Medal of Merit

The Medal of Merit is composed of the image of the three interlaced flags of the Baltic States on a triangular shield. A crossed golden sword and general's baton is behind the shield. The image is encircled with garland of oak leaves. The Medal of Merit has been used since 2001 as a decoration for outstanding support and dedication to the college. There are three classes of the Medal of Merit: gold, silver and bronze.

The Service Gross

The Service Cross is composed of the golden Cross of Malta, the frontage of which is covered with dark blue enamel. The image of the three interlaced flags of the Baltic States on a triangular shield is at the centre of the cross. The crossed golden sword and a general's baton is behind the shield. The Service Cross has been used since 2001 as a decoration for good service at the college.


Anthem of the Baltic Defence College:

Marching Song of the Baltic Defence College:

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania;
Three sisters of the Baltic Sea;
Like fingers in the fist;
United in the fight for peace;

In the darkness light always finds the way;
Together banners never be alone;

Hope of the future lives in the college;
In us and the brothers in arms.

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