Greens call for professional army
TT/The Local · 24 Aug 2007, 09:00
Published: 24 Aug 2007 09:00 GMT+02:00
In a forthcoming budget proposal, the party will also suggest reorganizing the armed forces into six army battalions, two air force fleets and a marine base. The primary task of the military should be to engage in international operations, with 2000 men and women being made available to participate in international peace-keeping missions at any given time.
The Green Party predicts that a slimmed down army would cost 12 billion kronor less than today's 40 billion kronor ($5.7 billion).
The country's submarine fleet should be taken out of service, says the party, while the air force needs to be slimmed down, especially the "ridiculously bloated JAS fleet".