The disbanding of the mobilisation defence and the territorial defence, in their previous form, makes it possible for the Home Guard to target its efforts on total defence. The overarching structure of the Home Guard will be divided into an active and a passive structure.
It is a prerequisite that personnel in the Home Guard’s active structure have undergone the by law required training of 250-300 hours within the first three years of service, including a 100 hours basic training programme, in order to be issued weapons. In order to remain part of the active structure a minimum of 24 hours operationally relevant service is required each year. An additional requirement for annual shooting practice and training is laid down for personnel, who have a weapon issued. The active structure is made up of personnel with an adequate training level, which will be evaluated annually.
The active members of the Home Guard are, pending their level of activity in activities of the Home Guard, part of the Home Guard’s reaction force, the Naval Home Guard’s seaborne units and other units within the Home Guard. In particular the tasks of the so-called 3,000 man force will be refocused in order to allow the Home Guard to provide a similar reaction force divided across the five Local Defence Regions in the future called Total Defence Regions. The aforementioned personnel will be trained equivalently to the total defence training given to conscripts in the Armed Forces. It is foreseen that the Home Guard will be aimed at total defence and joint contributions together with the National Rescue Preparedness Corps and the Total Defence Force. The Home Guard will among others provide a command structure within the Total Defence Regions, in which the other parts of the Armed Forces contribute 800-1,200 reserve officers and NCOs able to command personnel and formations from the Home Guards and the Total Defence Force.
When employed the Naval Home Guard will continue to be part of the navy’s operational structure, taking part in the national maritime tasks, including general maritime surveillance, assistance to among others the police and the Customs Service. The Naval Home Guard will also take part in the maritime environmental preparedness and search and rescue organisation. Measures of effectiveness for the operational tasks are to be laid down, including the ability to react on alerts.
The passive structure of the Home Guard constitutes the remaining members of the Home Guard, who will not be issued equipment and weapons.
To exploit the synergy between the capacities of Danish Defence and the Home Guard, the Home Guard is to be incorporated into the support structure of Danish Defence. In addition to this, integration in the future total defence structure is being considered in conjunction with considerations on how to incorporate the tasks of the civilian readiness in Danish Defence. Further integration is to be implemented so that the Home Guard maintains its identity.
Personnel who have completed the conscript training programme provided by the other armed forces may join the Home Guard forthwith on a voluntary basis, in order to be utilised in the task force mounted by the Home Guard for performing total defence tasks.
On this basis, the Home Guard is to be reorganised as follows:
- The Home Guard will be divided into an active and a passive structure.
- The future role of the Home Guard Command is to be evaluated further and in connection with the considerations concerning the possible integration of the National Rescue Preparedness Corps’s structure and tasks into the general structure of the Armed Forces as laid down in this document paragraph 12. The Home Guard is to have a seat in the working group.
- The Home Guard is to be integrated into the defence support structure.
- The local defence regions are to be called total defence regions. Regions and districts are to be reorganised according to need.
- The tasks of the so-called “3000-man force” are to be redefined, and a task force of corresponding size is to be established and dispersed among the five total defence regions.
- Utilising the 800-1,200 reserve officers and NCOs a command structure is to be established in each of the five regions capable of commanding the total defence force when activated.
- The military authorities of the Home Guard are to be serviced in future by Danish Defence’s remaining depot and maintenance structure.
The Home Guard’s appropriation of approximately DKK 700 million (2004 price index) is to be scaled down concurrent to the integration within Danish Defence’s support structure and to the redefinition of the Home Guard’s tasks and organisation to an appropriation of approximately DKK 430 million (2004 price index).
The following equipment is to be acquired for the Home Guard:
- Personal equipment for high priority units.
- Five vessels to replace five MHV 90 class vessels.
- Simulation equipment (including naval simulator)
- Equipment for containing terrorism activities (equipment for surveillance, guarding, barricading, etc.).
- Maritime environmental equipment for the Naval Home Guard vessels.
- Communication equipment.
- Observation equipment.
The Home Guard shall also take over relevant equipment that has been phased out by the Armed Forces.