Woman sentenced to prison for skipping military service

A 20-year-old woman has been sentenced to two weeks in prison for refusing to complete her military service.

In 2005, when she was 18, the young woman in question decided apply for military service, which is voluntary for women. Her application was accepted and she was sent to participate in a training programme in western Sweden.

But by the time she was due to begin her eleven months of actual military service with Air Force Regiment 6 in Halmstad, the woman had changed her mind.

She immediately informed a regimental commander that she did not intend completing her national service.

The commander warned her of the consequences of disobeying orders and told her to retrieve her equipment from the store. But the woman refused, electing instead to explain her position to one of the commander’s superiors.

Having heard her story however an officer warned her that he would have to report her to the police if she did not do as she was told.

But the woman found the attempts to convince her ridiculous and made her way home rather than returning to the regiment.

On Tuesday, Halmstad District Court sentenced her to two weeks in prison.