National Role

Every day of the year, the Armed Forces solve a wide range of tasks in Denmark; thus contributing to a well-functioning and safe society.


These tasks include monitoring Danish waters and airspace, search and rescue operations at sea, evacuation of people in need of medical support from vessels and small islands, ammunition-clearing, marine-environment tasks, support for the royal family, and several different forms of support for the police - including guard tasks, border control, air surveillance, and support during emergency situations.


The Armed Forces also support civilian society with off-road vehicles during inclement weather. The Armed Forces form part of society's overall emergency readiness (the so-called total-defence concept), which is activated during crises, disasters, and major incidents. The Armed Forces are setting up a strategic reserve of approximately 400 soldiers who at very short notice will be able to support the police during unforeseen major contingencies.