These responsibilities are divested to authorities via so-called letters of regulation. These include targets to be achieved by authorities, details available funds, and how such funds are to be allocated to various areas within authorities.

The Swedish Armed Forces' primary responsibility is the capacity to engage in armed combat. We continuously participate in international peacekeeping and peace making missions around the world. We are in a state of readiness to defend Sweden against armed attack, guard Swedish territory, and provide societal support in various ways.

Our missions in Sweden and abroad require units to be on a high state of readiness, with the appropriate levels of capacity. International missions involve various additional requirements, such as units capable of rapid deployment, units on immediate standby for missions with limited timespans, and to be continually able to contribute to long-term missions.

Sweden's army, navy and air force units, colleges and other centres train units for deployment. Here is a list of how these various units are categorised.

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