Labour shortages could worsen as Europe debates military service
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Josh Stephens
Josh Stephens, Reporter

As part of wider plans to ramp up its military spending, the Danish government announced last week that it aims to extend compulsory military service to 11 months for Danish citizens, almost triple the current requirement of four months.

Denmark has 20,000 active personnel, including a professional standing army of around 9,000 troops. However, an annual conscription lottery applies to all men over the age of 18. Around 4,700 Danes underwent compulsory military service last year, including female volunteers, according to official data.