As the Norwegian army faces stock problems, Norwegian compulsory personnel will now be required to return their panties, bras and socks to their successors after their military service, state spokesman NRK reported Friday.
Until recently, it was customary for those detained by force to leave their garrison with the underwear given to them during their service under the flag.
But the COVID-19 pandemic has severely complicated supply flows, leading to the Norwegian military being forced to invite them to deliver the most intimate effects of their package last year.
“Now we have chosen to reuse this part of the package, which will help us to have more volume in circulation and increase the delivery capacity of the devices. We have very little stock, ”Army spokesman Hans Meising told NRK.
“The laundry is washed, cleaned and inspected. What we deliver is in good condition, ”he said.
A spokesman for the detainees, however, criticized the recurring failures as affecting operational capabilities.
“A severe shortage of equipment and clothing can affect operational readiness and, in the worst case, the safety of a soldier,” Eirik Sjøhelle Eiksund told the Forsvarets Forum.
While guarding NATO’s northern borders against neighboring Russia, Norway maintains unisex military service and summons about 8,000 boys and girls each year, only a fraction of this age group.