Swedish army trains right-wing extremists

Seventeen of Sweden's current batch of military conscripts have extreme right-wing tendencies, according to a new report. Two military servicemen trained for high security operations have been found to have connections with the neo-Nazi organization Nationalsocialistisk Front (NSF).

When the two 20-year-old men demobilize, they will have received full training as patrol guards. As their training involved preparation for top security duties, the Swedish Security Service (Säpo) carried out background checks on the two men before they began their military service.

But since the conscripts in question did not have political records, neither of them were on Säpo’s files.

“We have not had any indications that anybody has done anything wrong. It is not appropriate to have right-wing extremists in the army.

“But since we don’t have registration of political opinion, there’s no way that we can know things like this,” army spokesman Kent Löving told Blekinge Läns Tidning.

The newspaper also reports that the military service system comes in for high prise on various extreme right-wing internet forums, with conscripts happy with the training they have received for an eventual “race war”.

A report conducted by military publication Värnpliktsnytt and anti-racist organization Expo also showed that a further nineteen people with extreme right-wing views are waiting to begin military service.