TITLE

THE NEW SWISS MILITARY CAPABILITY

AUTHOR(S)
Codding Jr., George A.
PUB. DATE
April 1962
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Apr62, Vol. 40 Issue 3, p489
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on Swiss military capability. An awareness of the changes since World War II in the art of warfare and in the international political situation led the government of Switzerland in 1960 to a decision which will make its forces more of a factor in the general defenses of Western Europe than they ever have been in the past. Switzerland has never had a professional army. The only full-time professionals are officers above a certain rank and some 800 instructors whose task it is to organize various military courses and to teach the civilian soldier the use of modern equipment and tactics. Despite the size of the Swiss army, its state of readiness, and the fact that its equipment has been modernized at fairly frequent intervals, its value in the defenses of the West as a whole has been limited in the past by the restricted concept on which it has been based. Switzerland is not a signatory to the NATO treaties, nor is it likely that it will become one, at any rate in the foreseeable future. Devotion to a long and fruitful policy of neutrality is too strong among the Swiss for such a drastic break in tradition.
ACCESSION #
14718749

 

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