Bras, tanks and guns: Norway’s women join the draft
Author Message
Aptrgangr
Online
Nulla crux, nulla corona
Supervision



Deutschland

Posts: 2.958
Joined: Mar 2012
Reputation: 1000
Post: #1
Bras, tanks and guns: Norway’s women join the draft
Bras, tanks and guns: Norway’s women join the draft

SETERMOEN, NORWAY – They sweat together, they sleep together: in the name of gender equality, Norway has introduced compulsory military service for women, even bunking them in mixed dorms with their brothers-in-arms.

The military’s gender balance is not entirely equal yet, but almost a third of the Norwegian army conscripts born in 1997 were women this summer.

At the Setermoen army base just above the Arctic Circle, new recruits in an armored battalion are learning to handle assault rifles for use on combat missions. Here and there, long ponytails stick out behind the recruits’ caps.

“It gives me a bigger recruitment pool to choose from,” the battalion’s chief, Lt. Col. Pal Berglund, says of the new gender equal draft.

“I’m still looking for the same competence I always have. And for me it’s obvious that this competence is also present within a large part of the female population of Norway.”

Norwegian women have been able to volunteer for military service for almost 40 years now, helping to gradually feminize the armed forces. The military welcomed its first female helicopter pilot, female jet fighter pilot and female submarine commander already in the early 1990s. (...)

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/08...9O4AtSLTGg

"The secret to happiness is freedom... And the secret to freedom is courage."
Thucydides

“My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.” Carl Schurz

"Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms."
Aristotle

"Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must." Thucydides
2016 Sep 10 08:47
Like PostLIKE REPLY
The following 1 user Likes Aptrgangr's post:
Artturi (10-09-2016)


Forum Jump:


User(s) browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)