Sweden going back to conscription

The Royal Guards in Sweden are a little less formal than what you find at Buckingham. I mean come on, they have been at peace since 1814

The Royal Guards in Sweden are a little less formal than what you find at Buckingham. I mean come on, they have been at peace since 1814

A government act last Thursday reintroduced compulsory military service in the country for the first time since 2010, and for the first time on a gender-equal basis. They will be selected from about 13,000 young people born in 1999, who will be asked to undergo a military assessment.

This follows an increasingly robust Russian military in the Baltic region. Besides the mystery submarine scare of 2015, the Swedes recently restored their garrison on Gotland, a big island lying between Sweden proper mainland and the three ex-Soviet Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

As noted by the Swedish government:

In 2016 the Armed Forces lacked 1 000 active squad leaders, soldiers and sailors as well as 7, 000 reservists.

Recruitment to the Armed Forces will be both voluntary and conscription. Individual motivation, interest and will should to be considered as much as possible.

The Armed Forces is planning for 4 000 recruits annually in basic military training in 2018 and 2019.

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