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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 112

Conscription in Sweden to be reintroduced.

Stockholm, 03 March, (

The Swedish Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 2 March that conscription in the country is to be reintroduced.

Just under seven years after abandoning the practice of military conscription for men, the Swedish government has announced it is imposing a new draft, starting in 2018, which will cover both men and women. They say the goal is 13,000 called up per year, with 4,000 of them receiving training.

Officially, the Swedish government is blaming Russia for the imposition of a new draft, saying that Russia is posing a “growing threat” to the Baltic region, and leading to a “deteriorating security environment.”

It is hard to see, however, how 4,000 additional troops for the nation will make a huge difference militarily, particularly when Sweden and Russia aren’t on particularly bad terms.

The decision was based on the assessment that, with the deterioration in regional security in light of Russia's increased aggression, the armed forces could not guarantee the provision of sufficient numbers of mobilisable units based solely on voluntary recruitment.

Registration of those born in 1999 and 2000 will begin on 1 July 2017, with liability to undergo basic military training starting from 1 January 2018, continuing through to 2019. Some 13,000 men and women will be registered, with 4,000 selected for service depending on their suitability.

Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist was a bit more frank about the real reason for the new draft, however, confirming on public radio that they were having trouble attracting enough volunteers to the military to staff it fully “and that needs to be addressed somehow.”

The “somehow,” like with every other military wish in Europe and North America, is to act unilaterally and blame Russia. This is a calculated risk for the leftist government, however, as the lack of volunteers reflects that many younger Swedes don’t want to be in the military, and forcing them to do so will doubtless be unpopular.

- Asian Tribune -

Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist
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