Denmark calls for mandatory military service for women

January 27, 2023

COPENHAGEN – Denmark plans compulsory military conscription for women, as the Nordic country seeks to significantly boost the size of its armed forces. It would also be “beneficial” for the military if it had more women employed, Danish Defence Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Jakob Ellemann-Jensen said in an interview with broadcaster TV2. Currently, women can join on a voluntary basis while men generally are required to serve if they are called on under a lottery system. Denmark last week decided to give Ukraine its new French-made heavy artillery system, a total of 19 self-propelled guns of the Caesar class. Mr Ellemann-Jensen has said Denmark for now has no plans to donate its Leopard tanks to Ukraine.