Finland’s military sets up rapid deployment force: report

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The defence forces' largest scale annual activity the Wihuri war games was held in early June near the eastern border of North Karelia. (Anu Rummukainen / Yle)
The defence forces’ largest scale annual activity the Wihuri war games was held in early June near the eastern border of North Karelia. (Anu Rummukainen / Yle)
Some Finnish conscripts have been offered the opportunity to commit to fronting up for service more quickly than required by law.

The Ukraine crisis has provided one incentive for the creation of a rapid deployment force.

In spring the Finnish Defence Forces established a new rapid deployment force, according to national daily Helsingin Sanomat. Changes in the operational environment and the crisis in Ukraine are cited as key reasons for the initiative.

“We must ensure that we have response times that accord with what the environment seems to require,” said Colonel Mika Kalliomaa in an interview with Helsingin Sanomat.

In effect, the change means that selected conscripts have been offered the chance to commit to fronting up for service sooner than legally required.

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