The Army defends the entire land area of the state and executes all three of the Defence Forces’ tasks.
The defence of Finland’s territory is based on the large reserve created by general conscription. Annually, the Army’s eight brigade-level units train around 20,000 conscripts. Refresher exercises, which maintain reservists’ skills, involve thousands of reservists each year.
The Army carries its social responsibility by providing assistance to other authorities some 400 times a year.
The Army leads the majority of the military crisis management operations that the Defence Forces are involved in. It also trains and equips forces for crisis management tasks.
Tasks of the Army
Defending Finland's land area
Providing support to other authorities
Providing and receiving international assistance
Participating in international crisis management operations
The Army's wartime troops, 180,000 soldiers
- Demanding mobile battle missions in the entire country
- Good equipment
- Direction of the main effort
- Causing losses for the opponent, controlling areas (reformed land warfare doctrine)
- Task-specific equipment
- Central areas
- Protecting targets, mobilising troops, cooperating with other authorities
- Light equipment
- Cover the entire country
The personnel strength of the Army
|Salaried personnel||4 190|
|Of which voluntary women||450|
|Reservists (2017)||18 900|
|Taking part in refresher training
Taking part in voluntary exercises
Taking part in exercises arranged by
the National Defence Training Association
|Crisis Management Operations||500|
|Of which reservists||350|
|Main battle tanks
|Mechanised infantry combat vehicles
|Armoured personnel carriers||700|