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11.09 Swiss Military

The Swiss Military

Since the country of Switzerland has mandatory military service for all able-bodied male citizens, the Swiss Armed Forces has roughly 200,000 to 400,000 active-duty soldiers, one of the largest standing armies in the world. Aside from its massive army, the current militia system stipulates that Swiss soldiers must keep their own weapons and military equipment at home with them in case of attack. Building codes in Switzerland also stipulate that all structures maintain working radiation and blast shelters to protect against bombing raids, resulting in shelters that can accommodate 114% of the Swiss population. According to modern historical accounts, Swiss “tunnels and key bridges are built with tank traps” and have been “primed with demolition charges to be used against invading forces”. Aside from its regular military airports, the Swiss Air Force reportedly has “underground air bases” from which they can launch unhindered attacks. In other words, the allegedly “neutral” country of Switzerland is the most militarial advanced country in the world.