Sweden brings back military conscription amid Baltic tensions - BBC The Swedish government has decided to reintroduce military conscription - a move
Sweden brings back military conscription amid Baltic tensions – BBC
The Swedish government has decided to reintroduce military conscription – a move backed by the country’s MPs.
The decision means that 4,000 men and women will be called up for service from 1 January 2018, a defence ministry spokeswoman told the BBC.
They will be selected from about 13,000 young people born in 1999, who will be asked to take psychological and physical tests, Marinette Radebo said.
Sweden brings back military conscription in face of growing Russia threat – Independent
Sweden has decided to reintroduce a military draft for both men and women over security concerns and a growing threat from Russia.
The Nordic country mothballed compulsory military service seven years ago, but military activity in the Baltic region has increased since, in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, prompting Sweden to step up military preparedness.
Sweden to reintroduce conscription amid rising Baltic tensions – The Guardian
Thursday 2 March 2017 14.54 GMT First published on Thursday 2 March 2017 12.24 GMT
Sweden has voted to reintroduce military conscription by 1 July after struggling to fill army ranks on a voluntary basis, citing increased Russian military activity in the Baltics as one of the reasons for the policy U-turn.
In 2010, Sweden’s centre-right government of the time abolished the draft after more than 100 years, arguing that targeted recruitment would increase the quality of a military that had shrunk by more than 90% since the end of the cold war.
Sweden to reintroduce conscription amid Baltic military build-up – The Telegraph
Sweden’s centre-left government will decide on Thursday to reintroduce military conscription next year, amid lingering difficulties filling the ranks on a voluntary basis and a more uncertain security situation, public broadcaster SR reported.
The Nordic country mothballed compulsory military service in 2010, but military activity in the Baltic region has increased since, in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, prompting Sweden to step up military preparedness.
Sweden introduces military draft for both men and women
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – Sweden’s left-leaning government introduced a military draft for both men and women Thursday because of what its defense minister called a deteriorating security environment in Europe and around Sweden.
Sweden abolished compulsory military service for men in 2010 because there were enough volunteers to meet its military needs. It has never had a military draft for women.