Sweden to Reintroduce Conscription for Civilians

ER Editor: A two-fer, from Zerohedge and RT.

We remind readers that Sweden and Finland, traditionally non-militarily aligned countries, were making an application to join NATO. However, Erdogan has usefully interfered in this. See this from a day ago:

Sweden Can’t Meet Some of Turkey’s Demands for NATO Bid, PM Says

The reports below concern CIVILIAN conscription within the country.


Sweden To Reactivate Civil Conscription In Response To Ukraine War

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The Scandinavian countries are continuing their militarized posture in response to the Russian war in Ukraine, with Sweden’s government being the latest to issue a surprise announcement and unusual move, given its longtime peace and prior stance of historic neutrality.

On Monday Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson unveiled that new steps are being taken to reintroduce conscription for civilians, toward bolstering the country’s emergency response services, given new realities as a result of Russia’s military action in Ukraine.

Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, file image

Kristersson said the civil service is taking steps starting this week: “We’re going back to a situation where we have a formalized civil duty,” he said at a press briefing alongside Defense Minister Pal Jonson and Civil Defense Minister Carl-Oskar Bohlin.

They cited the conflict in Ukraine and Russian aggression as making necessary a greater and broader readiness posture in case of a state of emergency, or even potential attack on the nation. (ER: eyeroll)

Civil Defense Minister Carl-Oskar Bohlin stressed: “Experiences from Ukraine are clear – when it comes to protecting the civilian population, rescue services are put under very heavy pressure.”

Sweden had such conscription plans in place for emergency civil services during the height of the Cold War. National media reports say that according to early government discussions, as many 3,000 people could be called up during the beginning phase of the plan.

But details are still being ironed out, with Bohlin adding, “We do not know exactly how many may be covered by the duty. We see that the municipal rescue service today is not designed for the demands of a high alert and ultimately an armed attack.”

After existing throughout much of the 20th century, the Swedish government finally abandoned compulsory civil service, given the Cold War had definitively ended by the prior decade, and as Europe hadn’t seen a major war since WWII.



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Sweden’s move comes as it aims to boost its defense capabilities amid the conflict in Ukraine

EU state to reintroduce conscription

The Swedish government plans to reintroduce civil conscription service in the country, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson announced during a press conference on Monday, adding that the Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) will be ordered to prepare the measure later this week.

According to Civil Defense Minister Carl-Oskar Bohlin, the first step will be to send people with the appropriate skills to municipal rescue services to perform civil service there. He noted that as many as 3,000 recruits could become part of this first wave, but stressed during a MSB meeting last week that the details have yet to be ironed out.

“We do not know exactly how many may be covered by the duty. We see that the municipal rescue service today is not designed for the demands of a high alert and ultimately an armed attack,” Bohlin explained.

“The experience from Ukraine is clear – when it comes to protecting the civilian population, emergency services are put under very heavy pressure,” he added.

Compulsory civil service was originally abandoned in Sweden in 2008. The MSB will have until March 1 to prepare the activation of civil duty, the minister said.

He added that the Swedish government hopes to recreate it on a much larger scale than before and stated that those called up for service will undergo additional training on conducting rescue operations in military conditions.

Civil service is the civilian equivalent of conscription, where citizens are called up to carry out missions that are crucial to a country’s defense capabilities. This includes filling positions in healthcare, child care, fire protection and other essential services.

Sweden revived its military conscription in 2017, citing Russian military activity as one of the reasons. The policy requires people to serve between nine and 12 months.




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2 Comments on Sweden to Reintroduce Conscription for Civilians

  1. Those poor stupid Swedes. They worry about a Russia invasion while the Islamic Death Cult destroys them from within. At this point the Russians might well be their saviours.

  2. Eliminer Macron pour éviter ou du moins retarder la guerre mondiale, doit-on hésiter?
    10 janvier 2023

    Les émissions de Vladimir Soloviev sont très suivies en Russie, elles ont toujours de prestigieux invités politiques. Hier soir le député de la Douma André Viktorovitch Guruliev, membre du partie « Russie Unie » de Vladimir Poutine, a suggeré que la Russie fasse une frappe sur la France. Ceci suite à la livraison de matériel « lourd » de la France à l’Ukraine, a savoir quelques véhicules blindés AMX.

    Cette livraison en elle-même ne pose pas un gros problème pour la Russie, l’AMX-10 semble en effet bien inadapté au froid et au gel, et la maintenance nécessaire est impossible en Ukraine. Sans parler du format des munitions, spécifiques, qu’il faudra donc acheminer régulièrement.

    Le véritable problème de cette livraison est que Macron franchit une étape supplémentaire en livrant du matériel « lourd ». Immédiatement d’ailleurs l’OTAN a déclaré envisager très sérieusement la livraison de chars allemands et britanniques qui, eux, sont d’un autre niveau que l’AMX français.
    Il est parfaitement clair qu’à livrer des armes à l’Ukraine, les pays occidentaux s’attaquent directement à la Russie en tuant soldats et civils Russes. Des projets de frappes sur les intérêts de l’OTAN sont d’ores et déjà dans les cartons, il ne manque que l’ordre de Vladimir Poutine.

    Une première option serait de frapper les intérêts français en dehors de lq France. On peut très bien envisager une attaque lourde contre une base française en Afrique, qui sera mise sur le dos des « terroristes »… C’est d’ailleurs ce qui arrive régulièrement aux bases américaines en Syrie. Bien entendu la France saurait à quoi s’en tenir, et aurait alors le choix de continuer l’épreuve de force avec la Russie. Sachant que la mesure de rétorsion suivante sera cette fois directement sur le territoire français, par exemple contre des dépôts de carburants ou mieux encore, des usines d’armement. Les cibles sont déjà clairement répertoriées et des opérateurs sur place n’attendent que le feu vert.

    L’hypothèse d’une frappe militaire directe de la Russie serait faite en dernier recours, mais un élément important a été discuté:
    IL APPARAIT QU’EN FRANCE MACRON N’A AUCUN « SUCCESSEUR » POTENTIEL AYANT LES MÊMES POSITIONS FOLLES SUR CE DOSSIER. Et certains de dire que si Macron était éliminé, son successeur quelqu’il soit ne suivrait pas le même chemin vers la guerre contre la Russie, et l’OTAN en serait lourdement handicapée. (…)

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