Written by CAST analyst Vyacheslav Tseluyko , Wednesday, 22 October 2008
The formation of the Armed Forces of independent Georgia began in the last days of the Soviet Union, with the creation of the National Guard on December 20, 1990. The first draft to the National Guard was announced on April 30, 1991, a date now celebrated as marking the birth of the Georgian Armed Forces. The National Guard began operations in the early 1990s as a volunteer formation, most of whose members had no special military training, including officers and Tengiz Kitovani, its commander. As with other such formations, it suffered from insufficient training and a low level of discipline.