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More women apply to soldier training

An increasing number of women apply to the basic military training in Sweden, according to the newspaper Arbetarbladet. One in five of this year's applicants are women, compared to one in twenty when the soldiers in the Swedish armed forces were conscripts.

The transition to a voluntary force was made in 2010, and the number of female applicants has been increasing ever since.

According to Peter Öberg, Chief of Staff at the Armed Forces, the increase is because the former conscript system was not gender neutral.

"The conscription was focused on men and they were called by duty and by force. Now we have to turn to the whole Swedish people in order to recruit on a voluntary basis, and therefore we have to market ourselves differently so that we are known also among the women to be different," he tells the news agency TT.

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