The government has decided to reintroduce National Service. This summer both men and women born in 1999 and 2000 must register. But only 4 000 recruits are needed.
Too few people are attracted to voluntary military basic training. The armed forces need more soldiers. So around 100 000 18 year-olds in Sweden will be given information on what National Service means.
Of that group 13 000 will be called for registration, that is, that will undergo physical and mental tests. About 4 000 will be selected for military training in 2018 and 2019. This number may increase if Sweden’s security status changes. From 2023 twice as many, 8 000 may be needed each year.
Until now, the armed forces have very few women, only 17 per cent. The Ministry of Defense hopes to encourage more women to join up so that the proportion of women rises to 30 per cent.
From 1st July this year, registration is obligatory. The obligation to do basic National Service comes into force on 1st January 2018.
To be considered for National Service you must be a Swedish citizen. Basic training starts with three months’ GMU, basic training, with both theory and practice.
Women in the armed forces
For the first time, both men and women will be called for registration. There have been women in the forces since the beginning of the 1900’s, in voluntary organisations such as “Blå Stjärnan” and Lottorna (local women’s services).
Since 1981 both women and men can have the rank of officer in all branches of the services.