For Military Conscripts

For Military Conscripts

In Finland we have this thing called mandatory military service! Why do we hold on to it? Let's find out!

The numbers are not very favourable for Finnish people: We have a population of a fairly large city (5.5M) and our ground border with Russia is 1289 km (800 miles). What to do? Have all men serve in the Defence Forces and let women volunteer, of course!

With 22.000 conscripts trained annually, a war-time strength of 280.000 and a reserve of 900.000 fighters, military service touches virtually everyone. A man or woman in uniform doesn't draw attention on the street: everybody knows people who served, quite often by close relation.

The clothes and equipment issued by the FDF are actually quite good, but people often want to make things a bit more comfortable. This is what people most usually buy for their friend, family member, or significant other in service.

For more detailed information read the Wikipedia article on the Conscription in Finland.

Photos of Finnish military conscripts

Group of soldiers attending a field exercise. Some of them have gone "gona" after several months of service, as is apparent from the stances.

Two soldiers catching a nap on a forest road while on foot march. Rest improves combat readiness!

A platoon maneuvering in the woods in a combat exercise. Judging from the weather, its Finnish mid-summer.

Top picks to help your time in service

Your issued gear is made by the lowest bidder and designed for the masses. These items are smart choices to make your daily army living a bit more comfortable. And remember: a good soldier should always look after their combat readiness. Choosing the right gear for the mission is part of this.

Army tales

Scho-Ka-Kola, 100 g Tin Box, Original Scho-Ka-Kola, 100 g Tin Box, Milk Chocolate
Scho-Ka-Kola, 100 g Tin Box
Scho-Ka-Kola, 100 g Tin Box
3.99 USD
Now available. Sold 1673 in the last two weeks.
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Terävä Jääkäripuukko 140, Carbon, w. Leather Sheath, Right, Black Terävä Jääkäripuukko 140, Carbon, w. Leather Sheath, Right, Brown Terävä Jääkäripuukko 140, Carbon, w. Leather Sheath, Left, Black Terävä Jääkäripuukko 140, Carbon, w. Boltaron Sheath, Black Terävä Jääkäripuukko 140, Carbon, w. Boltaron Sheath, Green Terävä Jääkäripuukko 140, Carbon Steel, w.o. Sheath
Terävä Jääkäripuukko 140, Carbon Steel
Terävä Jääkäripuukko 140, Carbon Steel
49.99 - 89.99 USD
Now available. Sold 112 in the last two weeks.
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Terävä Jääkäripuukko 110, Carbon, w. Leather Sheath, Right, Black Terävä Jääkäripuukko 110, Carbon, w. Leather Sheath, Right, Brown Terävä Jääkäripuukko 110, Carbon, w. Leather Sheath, Left, Black Terävä Jääkäripuukko 110, Carbon, w. Boltaron Sheath, Black Terävä Jääkäripuukko 110, Carbon, w. Boltaron Sheath, Green Terävä Jääkäripuukko 110, Carbon Steel,  w.o. Sheath
Terävä Jääkäripuukko 110, Carbon Steel
Terävä Jääkäripuukko 110, Carbon Steel
46.99 - 86.99 USD
Now available. Sold 86 in the last two weeks.
Jalas FX2 insoles
Jalas FX2 insoles
24.99 USD
Now available. Sold 119 in the last two weeks.
Särmä TST L1 Balaclava, Merino Wool, Green Särmä TST L1 Balaclava, Merino Wool, Black Särmä TST L1 Balaclava, Merino Wool, Khaki Särmä TST L1 Balaclava, Merino Wool, Off-white Särmä TST L1 Balaclava, Merino Wool, Orange
Särmä TST L1 Balaclava, Merino Wool
Särmä TST L1 Balaclava, Merino Wool
24.99 USD
Now available. Sold 112 in the last two weeks.
Kalakalle Smoked Salmon groats in tomato sauce, 235 g, canned
Kalakalle Smoked Salmon groats in tomato sauce, 235 g, canned
5.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock. Sold 61 in the last two weeks.
Särmä Merino Wool Socks
Särmä Merino Wool Socks
9.99 - 12.99 USD 12.99 USD
Now available. Sold 240 in the last two weeks.
Austrian Combat Gloves, Surplus
Austrian Combat Gloves, Surplus
19.99 USD
Now available. Sold 65 in the last two weeks.
Särmä Hiking Socks, Merino Wool
Särmä Hiking Socks, Merino Wool
13.99 - 17.99 USD 17.99 USD
Now available. Sold 81 in the last two weeks.
Särmä TST L1 T-shirt, Merino Wool, Green Särmä TST L1 T-shirt, Merino Wool, Black
Särmä TST L1 T-shirt, Merino Wool
Särmä TST L1 T-shirt, Merino Wool
39.99 USD
Now available. Sold 130 in the last two weeks.
Särmä Cottage Rank Insignia, Grill Master Särmä Cottage Rank Insignia, Prince Colonel Särmä Cottage Rank Insignia, One Star Sheriff Särmä Cottage Rank Insignia, Two Star Sheriff Särmä Cottage Rank Insignia, Three Star Sheriff Särmä Cottage Rank Insignia, Grill Sergeant Särmä Cottage Rank Insignia, Sauna Major Särmä Cottage Rank Insignia, Sauna Gollum Candidate Särmä Cottage Rank Insignia, Sauna Gollum
Särmä Cottage Rank Insignia
Särmä Cottage Rank Insignia
4.99 USD
Now available. Sold 358 in the last two weeks.
Särmä TST L1 Boxers, Merino Wool, Green Särmä TST L1 Boxers, Merino Wool, Black
Särmä TST L1 Boxers, Merino Wool
Särmä TST L1 Boxers, Merino Wool
29.99 USD
Now available. Sold 64 in the last two weeks.
Särmä TST L2 Boot Socks, Merino Wool
Särmä TST L2 Boot Socks, Merino Wool
19.99 USD
Now available. Sold 52 in the last two weeks.
Kuivalihakundi Beef Jerky Original, 150 g Kuivalihakundi Beef Jerky Five Peppers, 150 g Kuivalihakundi Beef Jerky Mild Habanero, 150 g Kuivalihakundi Beef Jerky Hot Naga, 150 g Kuivalihakundi Beef Jerky Smoked, 150 g Kuivalihakundi Beef Jerky Garlic, 150 g Kuivalihakundi Beef Jerky Teriyaki, 150 g
Kuivalihakundi Beef Jerky, 150 g
Kuivalihakundi Beef Jerky, 150 g
14.99 USD
Now available. Sold 127 in the last two weeks.
Light My Fire FireSteel Bio Army
Light My Fire FireSteel Bio Army
17.99 USD
Now available. Sold 47 in the last two weeks.
Kalakalle Ham Cock, 182 g, canned
Kalakalle Ham Cock, 182 g, canned
5.99 USD
Now available. Sold 82 in the last two weeks.
Särmä TST Name Tag w. Custom Text, Green-Black, 3-Pack (SEPARATE DELIVERY 4-6 WEEKS) Särmä TST Name Tag w. Custom Text, Khaki-Black, 3-Pack (SEPARATE DELIVERY 4-6 WEEKS) Särmä TST Name Tag w. Custom Text, White-Black, 3-Pack (SEPARATE DELIVERY 4-6 WEEKS) Särmä TST Name Tag w. Custom Text, Black-Gold, 3-Pack (SEPARATE DELIVERY 4-6 WEEKS) Särmä TST Name Tag w. Custom Text, Reflector-Black, 3-Pack (SEPARATE DELIVERY 4-6 WEEKS)
Särmä TST M05 Name Tag w. Custom Text, 3-Pack
Särmä TST M05 Name Tag w. Custom Text, 3-Pack
12.99 - 19.99 USD
Now available. Sold 357 in the last two weeks.
Kalakalle Grain-fed Pork, 235 g, canned
Kalakalle Grain-fed Pork, 235 g, canned
5.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock. Sold 43 in the last two weeks.
Särmä TST L1 neck tube, merino wool, green Särmä TST L1 neck tube, merino wool, black Särmä TST L1 Neck Tube, Merino Wool, Khaki
Särmä TST L1 Neck Tube, Merino Wool
Särmä TST L1 Neck Tube, Merino Wool
15.99 USD
Now available. Sold 37 in the last two weeks.
Särmä TST L1 Boxers, Merino Wool, 4-Pack
Särmä TST L1 Boxers, Merino Wool, 4-Pack
107.99 USD 119.99 USD
Now available. Sold 23 in the last two weeks.
Särmä TST L1 Liner Gloves, Merino Wool, Green Särmä TST L1 Liner Gloves, Merino Wool, Black Särmä TST L1 Liner Gloves, Merino Wool, Khaki
Särmä TST L1 Liner Gloves, Merino Wool
Särmä TST L1 Liner Gloves, Merino Wool
26.99 USD
Now available. Sold 33 in the last two weeks.
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Särmä TST General Purpose Pouch Zip S, M05 Woodland Camo Särmä TST General Purpose Pouch Zip S, M05 Snow Camo
Särmä TST General Purpose Pouch Zip S
Särmä TST General Purpose Pouch Zip S
39.99 USD
Now available. Sold 19 in the last two weeks.
Särmä TST L2 Turtleneck Shirt, Merino Wool, Green Särmä TST L2 Turtleneck Shirt, Merino Wool, Black
Särmä TST L2 Turtleneck Shirt, Merino Wool
Särmä TST L2 Turtleneck Shirt, Merino Wool
69.99 USD
Now available. Sold 19 in the last two weeks.
Särmä TST waterproof notebook
Särmä TST waterproof notebook
9.99 USD
Now available. Sold 37 in the last two weeks.
Uni-Ball PowerTank RT SN-220 Ballpoint Pen, Black
Uni-Ball PowerTank RT SN-220 Ballpoint Pen, Black
3.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock. Sold 41 in the last two weeks.
Tactical Foodpack Freeze-Dried Cookie Balls
Tactical Foodpack Freeze-Dried Cookie Balls
4.99 USD
Now available. Sold 27 in the last two weeks.
Särmä TST L1 Long Johns, Merino Wool, Green Särmä TST L1 Long Johns, Merino Wool, Black
Särmä TST L1 Long Johns, Merino Wool
Särmä TST L1 Long Johns, Merino Wool
44.99 USD
Now available. Sold 10 in the last two weeks.
Kuivalihakundi Beef Jerky Original, 50 g Kuivalihakundi Beef Jerky Five Peppers, 50 g Kuivalihakundi Beef Jerky Mild Habanero, 50 g Kuivalihakundi Beef Jerky Hot Naga, 50 g Kuivalihakundi Beef Jerky Smoked, 50 g Kuivalihakundi Beef Jerky Garlic, 50 g
Kuivalihakundi Beef Jerky, 50 g
Kuivalihakundi Beef Jerky, 50 g
5.99 USD
Now available. Sold 39 in the last two weeks.
Särmä TST L1 T-shirt, Merino Wool, 3-Pack
Särmä TST L1 T-shirt, Merino Wool, 3-Pack
107.99 USD 119.99 USD
Now available. Sold 13 in the last two weeks.
Särmä TST Finnish M05 Rank Insignia, Full Color Särmä TST Finnish M05 Rank Insignia, Subdued Green Särmä TST Finnish M05 Rank Insignia, Subdued Desert
Särmä TST Finnish M05 Rank Insignia
Särmä TST Finnish M05 Rank Insignia
1.99 - 4.99 USD 4.99 USD
Now available. Sold 651 in the last two weeks.
Casio F-91W-1YEG
Casio F-91W-1YEG
29.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock. Sold 23 in the last two weeks.
Petzl Aria 2 RGB headlamp, Camo Petzl Aria 2 RGB headlamp, Black
Petzl Aria 2 RGB headlamp
Petzl Aria 2 RGB headlamp
59.99 USD
Now available. Sold 17 in the last two weeks.
Särmä TST Mechanix The Original Gloves, M05
Särmä TST Mechanix The Original Gloves, M05
29.99 USD
Now available. Sold 3 in the last two weeks.
UCO Waterproof Matches, 4-pack
UCO Waterproof Matches, 4-pack
3.99 USD
Now available. Sold 31 in the last two weeks.
Särmä TST L2 Long Johns, Merino Wool, Green Särmä TST L2 Long Johns, Merino Wool, Black
Särmä TST L2 Long Johns, Merino Wool
Särmä TST L2 Long Johns, Merino Wool
59.99 USD
Now available. Sold 2 in the last two weeks.
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Gerber MP600 Needlenose multi tool
Gerber MP600 Needlenose multi tool
89.99 USD
Now available. Sold 3 in the last two weeks.
Salomon Toundra Forces CSWP
Salomon Toundra Forces CSWP
199.99 USD
Now available. Sold 4 in the last two weeks.
Casio AE-1500WH-1AVEF
Casio AE-1500WH-1AVEF
49.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock. Sold 3 in the last two weeks.
Casio W-800H-1AVES
Casio W-800H-1AVES
41.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.
Princeton Tec Remix RGB Headlamp
Princeton Tec Remix RGB Headlamp
39.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.
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Särmä TST Dry Bag, M05 Woodland Camo
Särmä TST Dry Bag
Särmä TST Dry Bag
24.99 - 44.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.
Petzl Aria 1 RGB headlamp, Camo Petzl Aria 1 RGB headlamp, Black
Petzl Aria 1 RGB headlamp
Petzl Aria 1 RGB headlamp
39.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.
Princeton Tec Remix Pro MPLS headlamp, Black (Red / Green / IR, and White) Princeton Tec Remix Pro MPLS headlamp, Green (Red and White) Princeton Tec Remix Pro MPLS headlamp, Tan (Red and White) Princeton Tec Remix Pro MPLS headlamp, Black (Red and White)
Princeton Tec Remix Pro MPLS headlamp
Princeton Tec Remix Pro MPLS headlamp
79.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.
Hoppes Boresnake
Hoppe's Boresnake
15.99 - 19.99 USD 17.99 - 19.99 USD
Now available. Discontinued product. Sold 1 in the last two weeks.
Casio W-202-1AVEF
Casio W-202-1AVEF
39.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.
Särmä TST "Ohi On" Morale Patch, 165 Särmä TST "Ohi On" Morale Patch, 347 Särmä TST "Ohi On" Morale Patch, 255
Särmä TST Ohi On Morale Patch
Särmä TST "Ohi On" Morale Patch
1.99 USD 4.99 USD
Now available. Discontinued product. Sold 7 in the last two weeks.
Dutch Dry Sack, Large, Black, Unissued
Dutch Dry Sack, Large, Black, Unissued
24.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock. Sold 1 in the last two weeks.
Leatherman Bond Multi-Tool
Leatherman Bond Multi-Tool
73.99 USD
Now available. Sold 7 in the last two weeks.
Princeton Tec Point MPLS, green, white
Princeton Tec Point MPLS
Princeton Tec Point MPLS
49.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.
Robens Fjell Trekking Towel, Medium Robens Fjell Trekking Towel, Large
Robens Fjell Trekking Towel
Robens Fjell Trekking Towel
14.99 - 17.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.
Clenzoil Cobra Bore Cleaning System
Clenzoil Cobra Bore Cleaning System
15.99 USD
Now available. Sold 30 in the last two weeks.
Dark Energy, Poseidon Pro, Camo Dark Energy, Poseidon Pro, Black
Dark Energy, Poseidon Pro Power Bank
Dark Energy, Poseidon Pro Power Bank
129.99 USD
Now available. Sold 1 in the last two weeks.
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Särmä TST Organizer pocket, green Särmä TST Organizer pocket, black
Särmä TST Organizer pocket
Särmä TST Organizer pocket
39.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.
Särmä TST FDF Morale Patch
Särmä TST FDF Morale Patch
4.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.
Light My Fire Spork Titanium
Light My Fire Spork Titanium
18.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.
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