30 September 2016

I'm Not Sure If This Is the Beginning of a Trend

But Sweden is reintroducing military conscription:
Sweden said Wednesday it would reintroduce compulsory military service from 2018, eight years after it was abolished.

The Scandinavian nation, which has not seen armed conflict on its territory in two centuries, ended conscription in 2010 after it was deemed an unsatisfactory way of meeting the needs of a modern army.


Around 4,000 young Swedes, 18-year-olds of both sexes, are expected to be called up each year.
This is preferable to the US system of ensuring sufficient "volunteers" for its military:
  • A lack of economic opportunity.
  • Ruinously expensive expensive college tuition.
  • Lack of affordable healthcare.
Poverty and desperation in the civilian population are central to the operation of our military machine.


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