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Sweden mulls bringing back compulsory military service

The change would address staffing shortfalls in the services, currently down about 7,500 soldiers, sailors, and officers

Conscription for all males was formally dropped in 2010 by Sweden’s then center-right government, but would be gender equal if introduced in 2019. Photo: Fredrik Broman/imagebank.sweden.se

Conscription for all males was formally dropped in 2010 by Sweden’s then center-right government, but would be gender equal if introduced in 2019. Photo: Fredrik Broman/imagebank.sweden.se

STOCKHOLM

The Swedish government could bring back compulsory military service, this time for both men and women, in order to reverse falling staff numbers in the armed services, say local media reports.

On Wednesday, major Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet broke the news that an inquiry by the Social Democrat-Green government wants to propose a return to conscription in 2019. The inquiry was spurred to find long-term solutions to Sweden’s need for new military recruits.

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