A Swedish government study has recommended reintroducing compulsory military service in the country, news site The Local reported Wednesday.
The Swedish armed forces have been staffed entirely by voluntary personnel since the practice was scrapped in 2010. However, the rise of new security risks prompted the government to probe a potential return to conscription; it recommended this happen by 2018.
Sweden has not fought a war on its territory in two centuries, which was partly the reason why compulsory service was deemed an unsatisfactory way to recruit soldiers in 2010.
The study recommends the reintroduction of compulsory service, in order for the military to recruit the 4,000 newly trained soldiers it will require in 2018 and then again in 2019. The report advises Stockholm to raise that figure gradually to 6,000 in 2021, before reaching 8,000 in the period between 2022 and 2025.
Full article: Sweden Ponders Introducing Conscription to Overstretched Military (Newsweek)