Sweden’s centre-left government has decided to reintroduce military conscription next year, amid lingering difficulties filling the ranks on a voluntary basis and a more uncertain security situation.
The Armed Forces are planning for at least 4,000 military conscripts undergoing basic training in 2018 and 2019. 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 modern conscription is gender neutral and will include both women and men.
But Stefan Ring, active at the Swedish Defence University (Försvarshögskolan), believes that many more will be required. According to Ring, Sweden would over time need to double the number of soldiers and navy personnel to be able to defend the country. “But one must adjust to the prevailing conditions. The Armed Forces do not have the possibility to start a big military training operation and bring in 10,000-15,000 people” he told TT, arguing that both facilities and instructors are missing. “The current number is an adjustment to what can be handled rather than an acknowledgement of the real needs,” concludes Ring.