In Denmark today, all men are drafted into the army when they turn 18. In most cases they serve four months in the army. Women also receive an invitation letter, but registration has been voluntary for them so far.
Conscription plans can count on the support of various women’s organizations. The proposal comes as Denmark and many other European countries step up aid to Ukraine in its war against Russia.
Danish Defense Minister Jakob Elliman Jensen announced the plan after criticism from NATO against the Scandinavian country. The Military Alliance reported that Denmark invests too little in its military.
In particular, very little money is invested in the army and navy. The NATO report was drawn up before Denmark announced its intention to significantly increase defense spending in order to meet NATO standards. Member states agreed to spend 2 percent of GDP on defence.
Denmark decided last week to supply Ukraine with a new artillery system. This sparked controversy in the country, fearing that its defenses were becoming weak. Ellemann-Jensen said that Denmark has no plans to supply Leopard tanks to Ukraine at this time.
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