Sweden Imposes Military Draft, Citing ‘Threat’ of Russia

Sweden Imposes Military Draft, Citing ‘Threat’ of Russia | DM: Trouble filling military ranks with volunteers

Just under seven years after abandoning the practice of military conscription for men, the Swedish government has announced it is imposing a new draft, starting in 2018, which will cover both men and women. They say the goal is 13,000 called up per year, with 4,000 of them receiving training.

Officially, the Swedish government is blaming Russia for the imposition of a new draft, saying that Russia is posing a “growing threat” to the Baltic region, and leading to a “deteriorating security environment.” It is hard to see, however, how 4,000 additional troops for the nation will make a huge difference militarily, particularly when Sweden and Russia aren’t on particularly bad terms.

Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist was a bit more frank about the real reason for the new draft, however, confirming on public radio that they were having trouble attracting enough volunteers to the military to staff it fully “and that needs to be addressed somehow.”

The “somehow,” like with every other military wish in Europe and North America, is to act unilaterally and blame Russia. This is a calculated risk for the leftist government, however, as the lack of volunteers reflects that many younger Swedes don’t want to be in the military, and forcing them to do so will doubtless be unpopular.

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  • John Driessler

    The military would be a great place to put your third world rapists in. It seems to me that you Swedes should worry about your hordes of savages rather than Russia which is not a threat.

  • Jamie

    Not surprising, since their bogus charges against Julian Assange have kept him locked up in an embassy for years. They are lapdogs of the US deep state.

  • Ten Count Toronto

    They need more manpower to find that darn submarine!

  • Frank Horzabky

    I am not surprised that a country which committed ethnic and cultural suicide by opening its doors to unassimilable migrants has problems finding volunteers to risk their lives for said country. Putting the blame on Russia is disingenuous.

  • longlance

    Sweden is ridiculous. Swedish women are afraid to go out at night, and it isn’t because of Russia.

  • curmudgeonvt

    “…forcing them to do so will doubtless be unpopular.”

    Now, that is an understatement. This might be the undoing for the right-leaning politicians who have been leading the country for a while. The Swedish liberals, who, like the American liberals, have been complacently sitting on the sidelines. This just might wake them up.

  • Don

    The stark reality of the situation is that Sweden sees the stark reality of war with Russia. Does that have something to do with Trump or is it still a reaction to Obama’s policies?

  • I hate the military. Apparently, I hate Sweden too then