Sweden Brings Back the Draft
Amid escalating anxiety over recent Russian activities, Sweden has approved a plan to reinstitute military conscription next year, including women. This is big coming from the country that is regularly neutral in international affairs and never joined NATO. Sweden plans to call up at least 4,000 young people each year to address the deficits in conscription. Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist notes that the draft is in response to a number of things, stating “we have a Russian annexation of Crimea, we have the aggression in Ukraine, [and] we have more exercise activities in our neighborhood.”
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