Stockholm, Sep 5 (Pressa Latina) The Swedish National Audit Office today presented a report titled “Extension without priorities”, in which it criticizes the country’s defense ministry, the newspaper Dagens Neuter highlighted.
The document states that lack of funding, unclear leadership, insufficient staff training and material support lead to the fact that those who enter military service leave it earlier than expected.
The report also indicates that the military department did not provide the required recruitment of contract staff (junior commanders, soldiers and sailors) year after year, and understaffing is about 25 percent.
According to the message, Swedish Armed Forces personnel consist of contract soldiers and sepoys.
In total, there should be 6,850 workers under contract, but in 2020 there were 1,700 employee units missing.
Chief Auditor Helena Lindbergh said that the lack of attention on the part of the military hinders staffing, and in the event of a crisis, this reduction is very problematic in terms of preparedness.
The Swedish parliament adopted an agreement on contractors in 2009, while the deadline for completing the task of attracting them in the amount of 6,850 people was set in 2018.
However, to date, this goal has never been achieved; The deadline keeps slipping.
Another problem pointed out in the Control and Audit Department report is the early dismissal of contract soldiers when they leave without completing their six-year term, which was the starting point for the introduction of a new army recruitment system.
On average, contractors leave service after four or five years and, in some units, two or three, citing dissatisfaction with wage levels as the main reason.