Article 546 – Finnish officers under pressure

Corporal Frisk

There is something missing in the Finnish defence and national security discussion since a week ago.

https://twitter.com/MMaenpaa1/status/813120187398582272

The new YlPalvOhj 2017 (general statutes of service for the Finnish Defence Forces) entered into service on the 1 January, and included an updated article on the participation of soldiers in public discussions (own translation).

546. Professional soldiers and the students in training by defence forces for military duties should also otherwise abstain from interfering in issues related to party politics and be wary of connecting the defence forces to these.

How this sweeping statement is to be interpreted is open to question, but the fact is that a number of active-duty officers have decided to publicly…

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