Soldiers training to become helicopter pilots in the Swedish Armed Forces are given paid leave because there are too few experienced officers to train them.

Lack of officers force soldiers to go on leave

A shortage of trained officers within the Swedish Armed Forces has lead to 34 soldiers, who have been training to become helicopter pilots, are forced to go on leave from the military base in Linköping, a few hours south west of Stockholm.  

Three of the teachers on the military base had to move to Kalix, in the far north, to train soldiers who are going over to Afghanistan and there are not enough trained teachers left in Linköping, newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reported Friday. The soldiers will be on paid leave for at least one week and will not resume their training until the officers return from Kalix.

According to Nina Karlsson, at the military base in Linköping, the main problem is a lack of experienced teachers.

“We have officers here but when the soldiers are going to do more advanced practises there is a need for more experienced officers.”  

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