Returning to old traditions: Sweden seeks to bring back conscription in 2018 - Guardian

13:21 Sep. 29, 2016

Sweden seeks to bring back conscription in 2018 - Guardian

A Swedish made JAS 39 Gripen fighter jet of the Swedish Royal Air Force is checked by a member of the ground personnel. August 22, 2002 (AP Photo)

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.

Read more Lithuania brings back conscription to protect itself against Russia

"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.

Read more President signs demobilization bill for conscripts of 6th wave

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.

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