When [Norway] deployed to Afghanistan we saw that we needed female soldiers. Both as female advisers for the Afghan special police unit that we mentored, but also when we did an arrest. We needed female soldiers to take care of the women and children in the buildings that we searched.
One of the advantages that we see with an all-female unit is that we can have a tailored program and a tailored selection for the female operators.
We’re carrying the same weight in the backpack as the boys. We do the same tasks.
At a recent exercise, one of the female soldiers shot better than some of the men in the elite platoon.
The boys see that the girls help each other, so the boys are doing better on that as well.