The Swedish Defense Recruitment Agency – Test of strength
Sound three: Test of strength. Here the machine “Isokai” which is a kind of barbell, tests not only your strength but your technique and skill. You can hear the recruit lifting the bar and given instructions and encouragement from the person in charge of the test.
This is a sound journey from the Swedish Defense Recruitment Agency. The soundscapes documents the tests a recruit have to go through to determine if they are fit for military service or not.
The Swedish Defense Recruitment Agency is under jurisdiction of the Swedish government and part of the ministry of defense. There is three different bases of operation; Malmö, Stockholm and Karlstad. The agency does not only test recruits for military service but also applicants for the police force and similar professions.
In 2011 national service in Sweden was abolished but as of 2017 it is again a requirement by law for Swedish citizens (both men and women) when they turn eighteen to undergo test to determine if they are fit for military service.
Sound recorder: Fredrik Johansson. Photography: picture taken with permission from official site of The Swedish Defense Recruitment Agency.