‘Sweden needs more military conscripts’

The Social Democrats have called for Sweden to treble the number of young people called up for military service.

Writing in Monday’s Göteborgs-Posten, parliamentary defence committee chairman Anders Karlsson argues that the country should have around 15,000 people performing military service on an annual basis. Last year saw the enlistment of just 4,700 conscripts.

Karlosson lists a number of reasons for trebling the number of conscripts.

It is important for more people to gain first hand experience of the military, he argues.

An increase in numbers would also make it easier to find the candidates who are best suited for a future with the Armed Forces.

A wider pool of conscripts would also strengthen the Swedish National Home Guard, said Karlsson.