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Scrapped Military Service Still Costing

Published måndag 21 juni 2010 kl 14.31

Sweden is scrapping compulsory military service from 1 July 2010, yet young men are still required to sign up for duty, even though they will not actually have a place in the army.

The recruitment, which is costing more than five million dollars, has been criticised by the Social Democratic party, which says it is money wasted due to bad planning.

Karin Enström, centre right chairperson of the Swedish parliament's Defence Commission said new recruits were still being tested because the decision to scrap the service was only taken one month ago and it takes time to put the new rules in place. She added that people tested would be eligible to apply to be reservist later on.

Until this year, 25,000 young men are called to report for military service and just under half of them are chosen to undertake the year long training. Now the military will focus on building up a professional force as well as developing reserve unit, which account for the majorty of troops.

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