An attempt is made in the report to illustrate the experience gained in the four countries in connection with discontinuing conscription in selected areas. These areas can be described in summary as follows:
1. Conscription, economy and recruitment.
2. Conscription, international operations and national defence.
3. Conscription, transparency and social cohesion.
4. Conscription, justice and rights.
In order to create the best conditions for evaluating the consequences of discontinuing conscription, we decided to investigate two countries that have recently discontinued conscription, and two countries that have had more experience of the consequences of changing to purely professional armed forces. This means that two of...