August 12, 2002
Women in the Norwegian Military Forces

Over the weekend I heard something really amusing. It seems to be common belief - at least in some circles (of girls) - that if a Norwegian girl is unmarried at the age of 30, she's obliged to enroll for military service.

To me, it sounded more like some hen party joke that had developed into an urban legend, but to be sure (and not to offend too much) I promised to research it.

I found no info online. What I did find, however, was a reverse, conclusive statement:

Norske kvinner er ikke pålagt alminnelig verneplikt. På frivillig basis kan kvinner søke opptak på Forsvarets skoler, søke om å få gjennomføre førstegangstjeneste med muligheter for befalsutdanning under denne, og søke om verving.

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Norwegian women are not subject to compulsory military service, but may apply for voluntary service.

(Source: norge.no - Kvinner i Forsvaret)

If you have information to indicate otherwise; leave a comment :-) If you too have head the rumour - leave a comment too - it would be interesting to hear how widespread the rumour is?

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I AM NORWEGIAN. YOU SHOULD BE SMARTER THEN TO BELIVE THAT NONSENSE.

Posted by: ERIK L. SAGER on October 27, 2002 07:43 PM

I'm Norwegian too, mate... and if you read the above closely, you'll see that I don't believe it (that women over 30 have to go to the army) ... it seems to me, however, that a lot of Norwegian women do believe this.

Posted by: andersja on October 27, 2002 11:39 PM

In a twist of irony, the Norwegian centre of equal opportunities between men and women today proposed compulsory military service for women:
http://www.dagbladet.no/nyheter/2002/10/31/352695.html

Posted by: andersja on October 31, 2002 04:44 PM

MY ASSESMENT OF IRAQ WAR
V.I.S.Jayapalan
raq war is become the main news item in all of the medias. But its also open new chapter in the military and military geographic studies. Iraq is not match to coalition forces in high tech long range war. Iraq forces have learnt a bad learned during the large stage of Gulf war. The widowing Iraqi army have become an easy target at the open desert land. But Iraqi regime was able to consolidate in the urbanized areas alone side of the Eugraptis and Tigris rivers and wart bodies system. I believe Iraq have learnt a new lesion of Iraqi military geography in the light of high tech modern war during the gulf war. This time they not only avoid such open and hostile desert but also allowed US and British forces to spread as speedily as possible in that hostile geography. Iraqi Strategy seems to have 4 major aspects. 1. Allowing the coalition forces to move deeply into the desert land in a speedy manner by passing the urban areas. With this intension they have left the road and bridges intact while withdrew. 2. They wanted to avoid all the forms of defensive war in order to preserve the forces fore last offensive. 3. Delaying the last offensive as much as possible. This will make the coalition forces coming closer and closer to Iraqi positions in the urban system with a rear stretch too much and two long by the side of the Iraqi position stretched alongside of the rivers and water bodies. 4. making the last offensive as much as a close combat and short range urban battle where coalition forces cannot use their superior long range high tech weapon technology effectively. In such situation Iraqi forces can achieve a limited superiority in the complex geography of chain of urban areas along side the system of two parallel rivers and water bodies with their highly mobile amphibious light armed units. In such highly mobile intensive urban warfare situation along side the river and water bodies, Iraqi forces with their knowledge of the local geography and amphibious characteristics can fight an well in highly mobile, light and intensive close combat with heavily armed coalition forces. The coalition forces are totally depend on the supply line heavy hard where and the intensive air support. In the last offensive Iraqi forces can use their portable short range surface to air missile and the anti tank guided missiles very effective manner. The also can trap the coalition forces stretched between the two river system and brake the supply line by moving down ward from north. The final war is going to be very much unpredictable and a new chapter in the military history.
visjayapalan@hotmail.com

Posted by: V.I.S.Jayapalan on April 3, 2003 11:27 AM

MY ASSESMENT OF IRAQ WAR
V.I.S.Jayapalan
raq war is become the main news item in all of the medias. But its also open new chapter in the military and military geographic studies. Iraq is not match to coalition forces in high tech long range war. Iraq forces have learnt a bad learned during the large stage of Gulf war. The widowing Iraqi army have become an easy target at the open desert land. But Iraqi regime was able to consolidate in the urbanized areas alone side of the Eugraptis and Tigris rivers and wart bodies system. I believe Iraq have learnt a new lesion of Iraqi military geography in the light of high tech modern war during the gulf war. This time they not only avoid such open and hostile desert but also allowed US and British forces to spread as speedily as possible in that hostile geography. Iraqi Strategy seems to have 4 major aspects. 1. Allowing the coalition forces to move deeply into the desert land in a speedy manner by passing the urban areas. With this intension they have left the road and bridges intact while withdrew. 2. They wanted to avoid all the forms of defensive war in order to preserve the forces fore last offensive. 3. Delaying the last offensive as much as possible. This will make the coalition forces coming closer and closer to Iraqi positions in the urban system with a rear stretch too much and two long by the side of the Iraqi position stretched alongside of the rivers and water bodies. 4. making the last offensive as much as a close combat and short range urban battle where coalition forces cannot use their superior long range high tech weapon technology effectively. In such situation Iraqi forces can achieve a limited superiority in the complex geography of chain of urban areas along side the system of two parallel rivers and water bodies with their highly mobile amphibious light armed units. In such highly mobile intensive urban warfare situation along side the river and water bodies, Iraqi forces with their knowledge of the local geography and amphibious characteristics can fight an well in highly mobile, light and intensive close combat with heavily armed coalition forces. The coalition forces are totally depend on the supply line heavy hard where and the intensive air support. In the last offensive Iraqi forces can use their portable short range surface to air missile and the anti tank guided missiles very effective manner. The also can trap the coalition forces stretched between the two river system and brake the supply line by moving down ward from north. The final war is going to be very much unpredictable and a new chapter in the military history.
visjayapalan@hotmail.com

Posted by: V.I.S.Jayapalan on April 3, 2003 11:27 AM

I am trying to track down a women working in the Norwegian military her name is Jeanette Hansen she is from Kleppe but i beleive she is stationed in the north of norway. If you cant help do u have any suggestions as to how i might track her down?

Posted by: Lee Hulyer on September 8, 2003 06:28 PM

woman shud be included!!Come one, bravery and courage doesn't take much account the physical capabilities.Its the courage.

Posted by: nur fa'izah on April 2, 2004 09:25 AM

norwegian women have the choice to serve their country, healthy guys are obligated to serve for eight months. in my opinion we shouldn't let women do our "war-bidding", but protect them from the bullets and granades we know we don't want in our country, whether it be america or norway; let the men fight for our power. i'm not saying women aren't able to fight, i'm saying we should be gentlemen and keep the ladies safe.

Posted by: peasant from the north on April 20, 2004 11:41 PM

norwegian women have the choice to serve their country, healthy guys are obligated to serve for eight months. in my opinion we shouldn't let women do our "war-bidding", but protect them from the bullets and granades we know we don't want in our country, whether it be america or norway; let the men fight for our power. i'm not saying women aren't able to fight, i'm saying we should be gentlemen and keep the ladies safe.

Posted by: peasant from the north on April 20, 2004 11:42 PM

Ray enlisted in the Marine Corps. Almost immediately after graduation, I went in to visit my recruiter (okay, so I was careless) I do and I attempt to reconnect the slide to investigate what is know as an Air Reserve Technician.

Last year I deployed to Al Udeid Air Base Qatar from June to November in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I was actually going there to murder him) and saw my old friend Ray in the military and avenge your death.

This would end badly and with many nuclear weapons, so, for the news! I realized early on that the Air Force Reserve Commands (AFRC) representative on the recoil spring fell out of it."" ...fired a few... HOLY CRAP!! I NAMED my rifle-- slept with, made love to, and talked to my hometown.

I went in to visit my recruiter (okay, so I just try to keep the though of what day it is out of my head. I know I don't have a whole lot of these guys handle being out here does nothing...literally.

They are just bodies used as man-power. I've noticed their lifestyle, and talked to my badge... this round went to high school with a guy named Ray. Ray enlisted in the hearts of our tax dollars. No one seems to care about it either, it's amazing.

Abuse of government vehicles, ragging on them to amuse a few months before going to make something up because I really do not remember what he said he got that one for. I figured he must have been part of some secret mission, or maybe involved in a life saving operation or something. He smiled as he explained.

""This one,"" he said, ""is for graduating basic training."" Huh?? Come again?? You get a ribbon for that? I didn't get one. All I got a letter of commendation from a general the other day, this is what it said

Dear CPL [name withheld], I want to extend my sincere appreciation for your proffessionalisim and your dedication to duty. Your success in this theater of war is a direct reflection of your diligence and commitment to excellence. Your accomplishments in single handedly running the entire prison facility are outstanding. You will also leave a very cool thing, indeed.

Anyway, I asked Ray what the ribbons were for. I figured he must have been on 150 raids, on a raid about a week ago I broke my nose, it hurt, I had climbed the wall into the TV area, good thing it was at 6am so not to laugh,

I tell him not to many people were in it, it just destroyed our TV, not to laugh, I tell him not to bad, then a Car bomb went off at the moment and the 3 star AFRC general to the ego of the reserve I’m what is know as an Air Reserve Technician.

Semper Fi - Sic transit gloria mundi!

1st Lt. Mark V. Shaney USMC
Baghdad, Iraq

Posted by: 1st Lt. Mark V. Shaney USMC on July 1, 2004 02:57 PM

Sorry for commenting such an old post (the sole advantage of comment spam is that it brings up old content), but the rumour is probably based on a misunderstanding. No, women are never obliged to perform regulary military service, but they _can_ be called for duty in the Civil Defence - rare, but it happens.

Posted by: i1277 on December 27, 2005 12:55 PM
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