Keeping Abreast of Our Allies

According to Military.com, Swedish female troops want a “combat-tested” bra.

Unlike their male counterparts who are provided with military-issue underwear, Sweden’s 500-odd women conscripts must buy bras themselves since there are no military-issue brassieres, according to the Council of Conscripts, a union-like organisation. “The women have had to buy sports bras instead. But they are not tested for combat situations nor for fire safety, and they are not functional. They unhook too easily,” Council spokeswoman Paulina Rehbinder told AFP.

First, Swedish soldiers have a union?! Second, the “sports bras” I see generally don’t have hooks. Third… ummm… how does one get a job helping the Swedes to assess the combat readiness of their brassieres?

She criticised the military for its lack of gender equality, in a country widely considered a pioneer in the field. “This sends a signal to women. You should be able to come to your workplace and be provided with equipment that works and that is safe,” she said. “There have been women in the Swedish military for more than 30 years but bras have never been provided by the military,” she lamented…

I guess that would take all the fun out of punishing the recruits by making them do jumping jacks or jog in place.

With between 800 and 1,000 women expected to become conscripts next year, the military is now developing a bra that is undergoing testing. “It’s supposed to be ready either later this year or next year,” Rehbinder said. Sweden has allowed women conscripts since 1980. Four to five per cent of Sweden’s armed forces are women.

Presumably this is not an issue for other countries with female soldiers. Maybe they can purchase American-made bra-zookas and help our economy?

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