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Defence minister pushes combination of conscription and voluntary military

Published torsdag 29 september 2016 kl 09.52
Peter Hultqvist: There was no broad support for ending conscription
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Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist received the results of an investigation into armed forces recruiting from Annika Nordgren Christensen on Wednesday.
Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist received the results of an investigation into armed forces recruiting from Annika Nordgren Christensen on Wednesday. Credit: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

As the Swedish government gets ready to make a decision on what kind of armed force they need, Radio Sweden asked Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist what he thinks of the suggestion to bring back military service.

Sweden said on Wednesday that it wants to reintroduce compulsory military service from 2018, eight years after it was abolished. The new, modified version will contain both male and female conscripts with the aim of boosting a lack of soldiers in the current volunteer system of recruitment to the professional armed forces.

Around 4,000 young swedes, born after 1999, are expected to be called up each year, increasing to 8,000 , at a later date.

The system, if agreed by all parties, will be based loosely on Norways remodelled Armed Forces.

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