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Finnish reservists' group sees spike in new applications

About 90 percent of the association's members are made up of trained conscripts or female volunteers.

The Finnish Reservists' Association's primary purpose is to help strengthen the country's national defence, as well as train and maintain reservists' service capabilities. Image: Marjut Suomi / Yle

The Finnish Reservists' Association (FRA) has received an exceptional amount of new membership applications over the past two months, the group announced on Monday.

During January and February, there were more than double the number of new applications compared to the same period last year.

FRA said the increase was affected by the unstable global situation as well as the conflict in Ukraine. A similar membership application spike was seen in 2014, following the Crimea crisis between Russia and Ukraine.

About 90 percent of the association's members are made up of former male conscripts or female volunteers.

A member of the national Defence Training Association of Finland, FRA's primary purpose is to help strengthen the country's national defence, as well as train and maintain reservists' service capabilities.

It also "trains and educates citizens to be prepared for and to survive dangerous situations in everyday life and under exceptional conditions," according to the organisation.