Conscripts’ will to defend Finland highest in a decade

The will of conscripts to defend Finland is at its highest in nearly 10 years, according to a feedback survey conducted by the Finnish Defence Forces (FDF) among conscripts who were discharged in December.

On a scale of 1 to 5, conscripts rated their willingness to defend Finland with an average score of 4.6 — the highest in the survey’s history which has been conducted annually since 2014.

A feeling of satisfaction with conscript service was also high (4.3), according to the survey.

The poll also found conscripts were overall positive about things like physical training (3.8), training staff (4.3), squad leaders (4.0) and officer candidates (4.3).

The war in Ukraine had strengthened conscripts’ motivation to serve and their will to defend their country, according to an FDF press release.

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