13:21 Sep. 29, 2016
If policy is approved, approximately 4,000 18-year-olds of both sexes could be called up each year
Sweden plans to reintroduce compulsory military service from 2018, eight years after it was abolished.
The Scandinavian country, which has not seen an armed conflict on its territory in two centuries, ended conscription after it was deemed an unsatisfactory way of meeting the needs of a modern army.
"I hope that we are going to find a path to a more stable, robust and functional means of recruitment," the defence minister, Peter Hultqvist, said.
The policy will affect Swedes born after 1999, according to a report by a former member of parliament for the defence ministry. The measure is expected to be adopted by parliament, subject to agreement between the leftist government and the centre-right opposition.