The Swedish government has decided to re-activate conscription from January 1st 2018.

The Swedish armed forces is planning for 4000 recruits annually in basic military training in 2018 and 2019.

According to the Swedish government:

“The security environment in Europe and in Sweden’s vicinity has deteriorated and the all-volunteer recruitment hasn’t provided the Armed Forces with enough trained personnel. The re-activating of the conscription is needed for military readiness.

Trained personnel are fundamental for building military capability. In 2016 the Armed Forces lacked 1 000 active squad leaders, soldiers and sailors as well as 7 000 reservists.

Recruitment to the Armed Forces will be both voluntary and conscription. Individual motivation, interest and will should to be considered as much as possible.”

The conscription is understood to be gender neutral and will include both women and men.


  1. I’m very interested to see how this goes, and whether it works well enough to be of some interest to other European states.