Home Guard (Denmark)

The Danish Home Guard (Danish: Hjemmeværnet) (HJV) is the fourth service of the Danish military. It was formerly concerned only with the defence of Danish territory, but since 2008, it has also supported the Danish military efforts in Afghanistan and Kosovo. Service is voluntary and unpaid, though members' loss of income from time taken off work, transport expenses and other basic expenses are compensated. However, workshop and depot staff plus clerks and senior officers are all paid. The unarmed Women's Army Corps (Lottekorpset) was merged in 1989 with the then all-male Home Guard to form the present, armed unisex Home Guard.

Danish Home Guard
Hjemmeværnet
Logo of "Hjemmeværnet"
Founded1 April 1949; 72 years ago (1949-04-01)
Country Denmark
Allegiance Kingdom of Denmark
Branch Army Home Guard
Navy Home Guard
Air Force Home Guard
Size15,600 active volunteers (2016)
30,000 reserve volunteers
550 employees
Part ofHome Guard Command
Stable belt
WebsiteOfficial website
Commanders
General of the Home GuardMajor General Jens Garly
Commissioner of the Home GuardMP Søren Espersen (DF)

Its top authority is the General Command (HJK) which is managed directly by the Danish Ministry of Defence (FMN). Only in times of tension and war will the Danish Defence Command (VFK) assume command over the Home Guard.

The Danish Home Guard is jointly headed by Major General Jens Garly (since August 2017) and a political leader (The Commissioner) who is usually a member of the Danish Parliament. On 1 November 2013 MP Bjarne Laustsen (Social Democrats) became the political leader.[1]