Women in the army like it more than men

As much as 90% of girls born in 1997, is now extending mandatory military service, encourages other girls not to take time off from performing General military duties.

A new survey associated with the serving of a compulsory military service, was first conducted among the girls who came to the country’s Armed forces in connection with the adoption of the law on conscription of women for military service, not because they wanted to serve in the armed forces.

The leadership of the Armed forces of Norway notes that the coverage for the survey was record-high, answered 3,600 soldiers. Last year the service in army was made 7,000 people.

According to the commander of the Armed forces of Norway Haakon Bruun-Hanssen (Haakon Bruun-Hanssen), the survey results indicate that the initially high expectations of youth related to military service, more than justified:


• Seven out of ten said that the service is consistent with the expectations that they had before the call, and even surpassed them.

• 84% said that they like to serve. Once again, the service was more like girls nine out of ten.

• If you count in percentage, the service had to leave the smaller number of women enlisted in the Armed forces in the summer of 2016 than the male recruits. But women, however, faced a much stronger reaction when it came to the service.

Women continue to experience sexual harassment

However, a study conducted among those who are on compulsory military service, proves once again that the armed forces is not yet possible to eradicate sexual harassment and abuse against female soldiers. As much as 15% of respondents reported that faced with this. But compared to a survey conducted in 2012, which featured a 23%, the figure declined.

It, for the most part, talking about the harassment in oral form. 2% of men admit that they too have to deal with this, according to a survey.

“In relation to harassment and bullying in the armed forces of zero tolerance,” says commanders of Armed forces Bruun-Hanssen.

“They bring with them habits, existing school senior stage”

— Why the Armed forces failed to end the harassment?


Here the Armed forces are still a lot of work. We took the initiative in suggesting that it became part of the curriculum in schools Junior command personnel — said the representative of the Norwegian soldiers in the Navy Anna Olivia Muchausen (Anna Olivia Mohaugen). — We see that those who come to the service immediately after high school senior stage, bring with them habits from there. Perhaps the reason lies in this, — Sahaugin.

— Is there a difference in reports of harassment received from those places where boys and girls live in one room, and there, where the separate residence?

— No, but we see that a “mixed” room to improve relations between soldiers, contribute to their greater cohesion, regardless of gender. We, the representatives of the soldiers ‘ community, a very positive attitude to cohabitation.

— Interesting: the questions this study answered only by those who are most satisfied?

— We have not invested the impression that only answered all happy, and we are pleased that the response rate to the questions was a record high, says Sahaugin.