THE phrase ‘brothers in arms’ will no longer apply in quite the same way for the Norwegian army.
That’s because it has become the first NATO country to introduce compulsory military service for ALL WOMEN in the country as well as men.
The move will see women from the age of 18 women being drafted in to serve the country’s armed forces for a set period of time — sharing everything from equipment, training regimes and even living quarters with their male comrades.
It means Norway joins a small set of countries around the world including Israel where national service is compulsory for both sexes.
It has been hailed by the country’s military chiefs as a way to recruit a wider range of talents.
“It gives me a bigger recruitment pool to choose from,” said Lieutenant Colonel Pal Berglund, battalion chief at the Setermoen army base just above the Arctic Circle.