SWEDEN MOBILISES ALL OF IT’S 22,000 RESERVISTS FOR MILITARY DRILLS
WHAT’S GOING ON IN SWEDEN? SWEDEN CALL ALL 22,000 SOILDERS ON RESERVE TO TAKE PART IN MILITARY DRILLS
Sweden are raising some eyebrows on the international stage as they call all 22,000 reservists, its entire Home Guard Force, to take part in military exercises. This is the first time Sweden has made a military move like this in over 40 years.
The drills are said to be taking place to bolster the countries defensive and operational capabilities, however, with military drills on this scale not being seen since the height of the cold war from Sweden, some people are left questioning if these drills are being done in anticipation for something.
The drills took place on June 6th 2018 to mark the National Day of Sweden. The military commander Micael Byden said in a statement that the drilling was to “Strengthen Sweden’s military defence operational capabilities, we are testing the chain of mobilisation for around half our organisation, something we haven’t done since 1975.”
The Home Guards role is to fulfil secondary military roles such as guarding important landmarks and infrastructure. The exercises and drills were voluntary but it was hoped that over half of the 22,000 people listed on the reserves would volunteer to take part in the drills and exercises.
What is more troubling and worrying to people, is the fact that Sweden also decided to republish an amended version of a Cold War brochure entitled “If Crisis or War Comes”. The newly edited brochure is said to inform people on what foods to stock, how to manage water reserves and how to tell propaganda from trustworthy information.
This is the first time since 1991 that the Swedish government have decided to distribute information relating to dealing with war or disaster. The brochure is said to help people prepare for crises ranging from terrorist attacks to all-out war.
These drills, exercises and publications have certainly caused a few raised eyebrows and whispers. After all, Sweden is not a member of NATO and considers itself as a ‘neutral’ country. Given this fact, it has left some people questioning whether or not Sweden is preparing for war or whether the Swedish government think that given the political climate that a global conflict could be a very real possibility.