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The Finns have less desire to go on a mission?

(B2)The Finns have less and less desire to go on military crisis management operations. This is the result of a survey carried out by the non-commissioned officers' union (*) and published in the Finnish press. “ The number of volunteers has dropped in 15 years. At the beginning of the 1990s, the number of applicants still amounted to 10 per year. This year there were a thousand “, explains the president of the union of non-commissioned officers, Petteri Leino in Uutispäivä Demari.

Weak wage incentive. The reason given for this lack of enthusiasm: insufficient salary levels. 47% of young non-commissioned officers and 80% of those who have already gone on this type of operation believe that the remuneration is not sufficient. Only 26% of respondents consider it “sufficient”. If salaries were increased, there would be 59% of non-commissioned officers under the age of 35 and 75% of non-commissioned officers who had already participated in military crisis management operations. Nb: A Finnish hunter earns, for example in Kosovo, 1 ​​euros per month. Which is far behind other European colleagues: according to Petteri Leino, an Irish hunter earns 725 euros and a driver 4 euros. This might explain that.

Maximum 670 men in operation. « Finland is spending 105 million euros this year on military crisis management. The sum is sufficient to send 670 men to operations. Next year it won't be (enough) “says Leino.

(NGV)

(*) 317 members of the non-commissioned officers' union were interviewed in this survey.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).