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Switzerland considers including women in compulsory military service

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The Parliament of Switzerland, one of the few countries in Europe where military service is still compulsory for all its men upon reaching the age of majoritydiscussed today the possibility of extending recruitment to women as well, given the lack of troops in the armed forces.

The option is considered in a report presented today by a parliamentary commission before the Council of States, the upper house of the Swiss Legislature, which indicates that although the Swiss army should on paper be made up of 100,000 soldiers, it is only enough in practice the 80,000, highlights today the newspaper Tribune de Genève. Given this, the commission offers two alternatives to increase the workforce: merging the armed forces with civil protection services, or the incorporation of women into compulsory recruitment, since until now their entry is voluntary.

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The report also suggests invite young Swiss women to participate in the information days that the Armed Forces they teach for now only to their classmates to explain the importance of serving the army. Swiss military service consists of a training period that can last between four and six months, depending on the corps, but once discharged recruits also have to participate in annual refresher courses.

In 2013 The Swiss refused in a referendum to abolish compulsory military service, which for Swiss conscientious objectors can be replaced by community service for a longer period. Among the few countries in the world that have compulsory military service for women are Israel or North Korea.

Source: Lasexta

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