Officerare och värnpliktiga ur Livgardet i Kungsängen på en skarp övning. Foto: Jonas Ekströmer/TT.

Report suggests Armed Forces should do more to attract teens

Making military defence a subject in high school could attract more people to become soldiers in the Swedish Armed Forces, according to a government-commissioned report issued today, which suggests a number of measures aimed to alleviate a shortage of recruits and to get recruits to stay on longer.

"It's the schools' responsibility to contribute to knowledge about defense," said the government investigator Stefan Ryding-Berg, and former general counsel to the Armed Forces, at the press conference. 

The report also suggests inviting all the 18-year-olds in the country to spend one day in the Armed Forces. However, not all the ideas have to do with reaching out to teenagers. Another idea is for the Armed Forces to pay for people to do further civilian education after doing their service.

The Armed Forces estimates it will take nearly a decade before they manage to fully staff shorter term positions, along with positions for sailors.

In 2010, Sweden ended conscription, and since 2012, it has had a professional army.

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