Chance of Defense: How Experience in the Entertainment Industry Helped Dmytro in the Army
Dmytro worked abroad for a long time but returned to Ukraine in 2017 after the birth of his son. On the morning of February 24, 2022, he was at home with his family when he decided, “The first thing that came to mind was to go and get a rifle to defend my loved ones.” With the start of mobilization, Dmytro joined the 138th Over-Dnieper Radiotechnical Brigade, and on May 14, 2023, he became a sergeant in the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Dmytro’s platoon was formed during the war when the importance of technology became evident. His experience in the entertainment industry proved valuable during his service in the 138th Radiotechnical Brigade because quick and accurate analysis of the situation and forecasting possible developments are crucial in successful electronic warfare.
He quickly realized that being in the military was his calling and decided to undergo basic training at the UA Drone School. There, he learned how to operate drones in conditions resembling actual combat scenarios and also became familiar with the “Kropyva” application.
Dmytro shared, “Training at UA Drone School was a significant experience for me. I gained fundamental knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for my service.”
Currently, he holds the position of the commander of the Electronic Warfare Division in his platoon. The work of Dmytro and his platoon has resulted in saving the lives of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians. “We are grateful to Dmytro for his talent, dedication, and service, and we wish him success!” say the instructors at UA Drone School.
Free military training is part of the monthly assistance program by Slots City Foundation.
“Starting from January, our foundation has been helping drone school train defenders,” shares volunteer Stanislav Andreev.
“In total, the volunteers of Slots City Foundation have already provided aid to the army and displaced persons worth more than 50 million UAH. In addition to training, we supply the defenders with trucks, thermal imagers, and other military equipment, gear, and clothing. Each such contribution is a chance to protect our soldiers and, therefore, to preserve the lives of each of our defenders.”
*The name and call sign of the soldier have been changed for his safety.