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Sweden brings back military conscription from 2018

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The Swedish government has decided to reintroduce military conscription, a move backed by the country's MPs.

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The decision means that 4,000 men and women will be called up for service from January 1, 2018. They will be selected from about 13,000 young people born in 1999, who will be asked to undergo a military assessment.

The 13,000 who undergo the military tests will be a mixture of volunteers and conscripts.

The conscripts will serve for nine to 12 months. The aim is to encourage them either to become military professionals or, later, to join the reserves.

Sweden has about 52,000 full-time military personnel - 20,000 of them permanent staff and most of the others Home Guard members. Most of the 28 EU member states abolished military conscription.

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