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The Danish Army
A danish soldier working as instructor in Iraq as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.

The Army 

The Army consist of an Army Staff, located in Karup: approximately 90 staff personnel.

The total strength of the Army is approximately 8,400 troops, excluding the approximately 4,100 conscripts undergoing basic training.

Structure of the Army

The Army is commanded by the Army Staff, Defence Command Denmark, located at Karup Air Base.

The operational units:
  • The Danish Division in Haderslev, responsible for the training of 1 Brigade and 2 Brigade with Headquarters in Haderslev and
 Slagelse respectively.
  • The Royal Life Guards, garrisoned in Høvelte.
  • The Guard Hussar Regiment, garrisoned in Slagelse and
  • Jutland Dragoon Regiment, garrisoned in Holstebro.
  • Army Intelligence Centre and Army Non-Commissioned Officers School, garrisoned in Varde.
  • The Engineer Regiment – Joint Engineers and CBRN Centre, garrisoned in Skive.
  • The Logistic Regiment - Army Combat Service Support and Joint Military Police Centre, garrisoned in Aalborg.
  • The Signal Regiment – Joint Command Support Center, garrisoned in Fredericia.

There are also a number of supporting units, such as

•    The Army Academy (officers’ school) under the Defence College in Copenhagen.
•    The Army Combat and Fire Support Centre in Oksbøl. 

Unit sizes:

Division: approximately 20,000

Brigade: approximately 4.500

Combat group: approximately 1,000

Battalion (four companies or squadrons): approximately 700

Artillery division (four batteries): approximately 660

Company (three divisions and one staff): approximately 130

Battery (three divisions and one staff): approximately 110

Squadron* (three divisions and one staff): approximately 65
Platoon (three groups): approximately 35
Group: approximately 10

* In tank and scout units sub-divisions are called squadrons.

The sizes of the individual units cannot be stated precisely, as this can vary depending on the unit's role, mandate or equipment. When Danish forces are engaged in international operations, exercises or wars, the sub-divisions are combined into battalions and brigades.


The Regiments are the carriers of the regimental names and traditions i.e. the Jutland Dragoons and the Guard Hussars. However, today the regiments are garrison support units handling guard and security services, press contacts, welfare services and a number of other tasks and roles.

Training in the Army

In general terms, the Army comprises soldiers at three different levels of training - conscripts, soldiers on a Reaction Force contract and enlisted, professional soldiers.

Conscripts undergo the Army's basic training programme. They receive a basic military training, enabling them to operate in a group of approximately ten soldiers in a combat environment. 

On completion of the basic army training programme, the conscripts are offered the opportunity to continue in the Army Reaction Force, which trains soldiers for international missions. For eight months, the soldiers train for an international deployment to i.e. Iraq or Afghanistan. A standard tour-of-duty is a six-month deployment.

After this deployement, the soldiers are given two main choices: 
They can continue to enlist in an operational unit, or they can leave the Army. The enlisted soldiers can, at short notice, be deployed in any international operations. The enlisted soldiers can expect to be deployed in international operations once every third year.
Last updated 2019-03-25 - 10:22


E-mail: fko@mil.dk

Phone: +45 7284 0300

Defence Command Denmark,
Army Staff
Herningvej 30
DK-7470 Karup J.