Finland to Increase Troop Numbers

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    Falcon Lieutenant Colonel Staff Member Social Media Team

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    Finland to ramp up troop levels amid heightened Russian tensions


    Worried about increasing East-West tensions in the Baltic Sea, Finland announced plans on Thursday to increase its wartime troops by 20 percent, from 230,000 to 280,000.

    Finland - which is not a NATO member but has compulsory military service - cut its army down from 350,000 troops to 230,000 in 2012.

    The troop boost will "improve the capability to defend the entire territory of the country," the government wrote in a defense report. Finland shares a 1,340 kilometer (830 mile) border with Russia.

    "Russia aims to strengthen its great-power status, and it has expressed the goal of a sphere-of-influence based security regime," the report said.

    The Nordic country also plans to replace its aging naval fleet and its 62 Hornet fighter jets during the next decade.


    Looks like Finland is trying to avoid being "Finnished" off in the coming war with Russia.
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