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Swedish female soldiers get belated bra boost

David Landes · 10 Oct 2011, 15:09

Published: 10 Oct 2011 15:09 GMT+02:00

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“During the visit in Härnosand, the visiting group found, much to its joy, that female recruits can finally be given bras according to the equipment list and exchange them to be laundered,” read an internal memo issued by officials from the military college in Halmstad in western Sweden.

“This must be considered as a milestone in the Swedish Armed Forces' gender equality efforts.”

The report comes following a visit by officials from the college, which is charged with coordinating basic military training for new recruits to the Swedish military, to a training camp in Härnosand in northern Sweden.

The group travelled to the site to check progress on its implementation of various measures associated with carrying out basic training.

“We've had female soldiers for 30 years, but we've periodically had problems supplying them with the right equipment,” Hans B. Hansson, head of the military college and one of the officials on the visit referenced in the memo, told The Local.

“As there are relatively few women in the Swedish military, it can be hard to ensure that we everything available and in the right sizes.”

Previously, women who were unable to find the bras they needed among the standard-issue military clothing were made to go and purchase their own, after which they were reimbursed.

But now, the situation has improved.

“Finally, both men and women can go and get what they need from the supply shed,” Hansson said in explaining why the delivery of underwear to new female recruits three decades after women started serving in the military should be considered a milestone.

Ylva Forsberg, chair of the soldiers' interest organistation Svensk Soldat, also hailed the improved supply of underwear to Sweden's female soldiers.

“It took too long, but it's a really good thing that bras and panties are now readily available,” she told The Local.

“It's an important signal that both men and women are welcomed as equals within the Swedish Armed Forces.”

Part of the reason for the improved supply of bras and other clothing is likely due to recent changes to how the military handles logistics for distributing equipment to its various camps across the country, according to Hansson.

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“Now things are as they should be,” he said.

While response to the improved supply of women's undergarments has been “generally positive”, according to Hansson, he admitted that not everyone is satisfied.

“Some people complain that the bras don't fit or sit a bit weird,” he said.

“There are many different body shapes to take into account.”

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

18:36 October 10, 2011 by PAVR
Great pic - totally unrelated to Swedish soldiers. Love it!

Reminds me of the one we get each year with the girl sunbathing - that would have worked here also
21:27 October 10, 2011 by OUIJA
The girl in the picture would make it in the army with or without it.

Does she announces the latest model of a H&M bra
21:50 October 10, 2011 by GLO
This is the Swedish Soldier, need to contact for relationship asap.....
21:59 October 10, 2011 by Abe L
This is only equal if guys can request bras as well!
23:51 October 10, 2011 by muscle
lol, don't know if this is strategic of not, but IF i were an enemy soldier, I would certainly miss shooting such targets on purpose :D
02:10 October 11, 2011 by Opinionfool
"We've had female soldiers for 30 years, but we've ... had problems supplying them with the right equipment,"

A bra is equipment?! Clothing definitely, uniform maybe. But equipment, no.
08:55 October 11, 2011 by skogsbo
i think it's good that female soldiers are receiving equal support
10:05 October 11, 2011 by Opinionfool
Oh yes, lop-sided support isn't nice to see.
10:22 October 11, 2011 by OUIJA
Ilva Försberg, chair of the soldiers' interest ORGANISTATION Svensk Soldat, also hailed the improved supply of underwear to Sweden's female soldiers.

If it is the ORGANIST ATION Svensk Soldat, no problem. We can listen to the girl in the photo giving a concert at the Swedish church in Gamla Stan with the outfit she is wearing in the picture.
16:22 October 11, 2011 by Douglas Garner
Didn't this have something to do with fire proofing of fabric?
21:35 October 11, 2011 by OUIJA
I wnat her autograph!
08:40 October 12, 2011 by rise
Strange women who even wants to be soldiers! It's not like they have to. The year I did my military service in the -90's, it was either that or going to jail. However today the recruitment of soldiers is relying on people voluntary being one (like that's gonna work in the long run in Sweden with its low population rate).
15:19 October 12, 2011 by Tanskalainen
How will Sweden's enemies ever be able to face these new cones of death?! This is taking warfare to a new brutal low.
09:15 October 13, 2011 by dreddie
I thought women were equal to men. How come they now require more supplies and are more of a logistical burden than the men they're supposed to be equal to?
15:06 October 13, 2011 by jacquelinee
@ PAVR # 1

"Great pic - totally unrelated to Swedish soldiers." Exactly.

HEY LOCAL! Mext time there is a story about male soldiers uniforms, can we please get a photo of a male body builder in a speedo?
15:47 October 13, 2011 by OUIJA
NATO will use the bombs to keep on bombing Lybia. The organization agrees that they might work better than the bullets in the Jas Gripen.
16:09 October 13, 2011 by jacquelinee

What have Lybian bombs and bullets got to do with "Belated Bra Boost" on soldiers?

Oh! I know! they are all "B" words. Now I realise how you could have gotten confused with the topic of this article.
06:00 October 14, 2011 by OUIJA
breast, bosoms, bust, baps, bazookas, boobs, boobies, bristols, bombs.
17:13 October 14, 2011 by Avidror
Nice picture.
13:14 October 15, 2011 by OUIJA
If you see the photo, you can see her right arm bent like if she was blowing the trumpet. I said, blowing the trumpet.
05:04 October 22, 2011 by msaliassweden
I think the Local is running a bit short on photos... they seem to be using quite a few repeats in many of the articles.
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