The responsibilities are distributed to authorities through appropriation directions, containing targets to be achieved by government agencies, detailing available funds, and how such funds are to be allocated to various areas within the agency.

The principal responsibility of the Swedish Armed Forces is the capacity to engage in armed combat. The Swedish Armed Forces contribute to international peacekeeping and peacemaking missions around the world. 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, our first role is always to defend Sweden and its territories against armed attacks and to support the community in various ways.

Our highly trained soldiers are ready to deploy anywhere at any time, both in Sweden and abroad. International missions comprise additional requirements, such as quick reaction forces, i.e. units that are on immediate standby for short-term missions, as well as units for long-term deployment.

Sweden's army, navy and air force units, colleges and other centres train units for deployment. 

Naval units are categorised as follows:

  • Submarine units
  • Naval warfare units
  • Amphibious units
  • Naval base
  • Command and control unit

Army units are categorised as follows:

  • Mechanised units
  • Cavalry units
  • Artillery units
  • Air defence units
  • Command and control units
  • Engineering units
  • Support units
  • CBRN units

Air force units are categorised as follows:

  • Transport aircraft units
  • Combat aircraft units
  • Base and command units
  • Radar aircraft units
  • Signals reconnaissance units
  • Helicopter units

Joint armed forces units:

  • Special units

Intelligence units are categorised as follows:

  • Psychological operations
  • Command and control unit