Military service

Sweden to Resume Military Conscription

The Swedish government is expected to adopt a decision on Thursday to resume the military conscription in the country beginning 2018 due to the lack of volunteer recruits, local media reported.

The decision comes amid difficulties with filling the military units on the voluntary basis, the Swedish SR radio reported, citing Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist.

Sweden to bring back conscription: Report

Sweden announced March 2 that it will reintroduce compulsory military service starting this summer to respond to global security challenges including from Russia. 

"The government wants a more stable staff supply system and to boost its military capability because the security situation has changed," Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist told TT news agency.

Reviving Military Conscription 'Unrealistic' for Croatia

Recent media reports have suggested that Croatia plans to reintroduce conscription to the armed forces, but military analyst Igor Tabak told BIRN that the idea was not realistic for logistical and financial reasons at the moment.

Croatia suspended - and de facto abolished - compulsory military service in 2008, although people can still do a 14-week-long voluntary stint in the army.

Expert Doubts Croatia Can Restore Conscript Army

Current discussion in Croatia on re-introducing military conscription is "not serious" and shows a lack of proper analysis and preparation, a military analyst, Igor Tabak, told BIRN.

"The military doesn't serve itself and is financed from the state budget by the citizens - so starting such a debate without taking into account the basis for such a decision is frivolous," he said.