Denmark to conscript up women for military service

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Denmark has declared its intention to raise the standard service duration and introduce female conscription for the first time.

In order to fulfill NATO commitments, it also plans to increase its defense expenditure by around $6 billion (£4.6 billion) over the next five years.

"We do not rearm because we want war. We are rearming because we want to avoid it," said PM Metter Frederiksen.

"Full equality between the sexes" is what the government aims to accomplish, according to Ms. Frederiksen, who unveiled the changes on Wednesday.

"More robust conscription, including full gender equality, must contribute to solving defense challenges, national mobilization, and manning our armed forces," stated Troels Lund Poulsen, the minister of defense.

In the Scandinavian nation, women are already able to volunteer for the armed forces.

Now, the government wants to start requiring women to enlist in the military in 2026, making it just the third country in Europe (after Sweden and Norway).

Additionally, it states that both men and women would henceforth serve longer conscription terms—11 months instead of four.

Approximately 25% of the 4,700 individuals who served in the military last year were female. This amount will rise to 5,000 annually.

Approximately 20,000 people are actively serving in Denmark's armed services, of which 9,000 are professionals.

With a population of approximately six million, the nation is also increasing its military spending from 1.4% of GDP to 2% in order to achieve NATO spending requirements.
 
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