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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.


(*) 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).