Topyaps Logo

Topyaps Logo Topyaps Logo Topyaps Logo Topyaps Logo

Topyaps menu

Responsive image

Norway Becomes The First Country With An All Women Special Forces Unit And They Are Super Deadly

Published on 18 April, 2017 at 9:03 am By

Norway has created history!


Advertisement

Norway has become the first country in the world with an all-women special forces unit. Jegertroppen or the “hunter troops” was first raised in 2014 and since then has raised the status of women in the Norwegian military. The need to raise an all-women special forces team was realized when Norway was deployed in Afghanistan and the male soldiers had a difficult time interacting with the local women.

 

A parliament legislation in the 1980s opened up all military roles to women. However, it took more than two decades for the decision to come to fruition. Col. Frode Kristofferson, the commander of Norway’s special forces, said,

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.

Proudly announcing that the trained women are as competent as their male counter parts, Col. Kristofferson commented,

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.


Advertisement

 

Tonje, a 22-year-old soldier trainee, revealed,

We’re carrying the same weight in the backpack as the boys. We do the same tasks.

During the training, the women do parachute training, skiing, navigating the wilderness and urban fighting. To qualify for Jegertroppen, the applicant has to run four miles with 60 pounds of military gear in under 52 minutes. The males are required to do the same in 49 minutes.

Commanders said that the all-women unit is ready for combat deployment. Col. Ole Vidar, the officer leading the training program, said,

At a recent exercise, one of the female soldiers shot better than some of the men in the elite platoon.

Col. Vidar also said that the women show more solidarity with their teammates as compared to men. He commented,

The boys see that the girls help each other, so the boys are doing better on that as well.

In the first year, more than 300 applications were received for this elite program and the entry requirements have been raised.

Take a look at some of the photographs taken during the practice exercise:

A jeep on stand by with back up soldiers.



 

A back-up soldier keeping an eye on the situation.

 

A simulated explosion at the Terningmoen Camp.

 

A soldier reloads the pistol.

 

A soldier ready to take action.

 

Soldiers take cover behind a concrete house.

 

A soldier fires at the enemy.

 

Soldier takes a break from the exhausting training.

 

A soldier helps another with ear protection.

 

Soldiers reload their weapons.

 

A soldier jumps over a fence during the exercise.

 

A soldier approaches the enemy.

 

Soldiers fire their weapons.

 

A soldier patrolling in the woods.

 

As appealing as it may sound, the fact that these trained women have never been deployed in combat speaks otherwise. In India, the issue of allowing women in active combat roles has been raised several times. While the women serve brilliantly and are extremely competent in non-combat roles, there is always a question of how well they will do in combat roles. Physically, women cannot work under the harsh circumstances of the battlefield. Also, the presence of male troops can bring in different types of challenges if women are allowed to go on active duty.

However, one never knows if and when the Indian women decide to surprise us!


Advertisement

 

Advertisement

Latest Stories

After ‘Patal Lok’, Anushka Sharma’s ‘Bulbul’ Is Ready To Stream On Netflix On June 24

After ‘Patal Lok’, Anushka Sharma’s ‘Bulbul’ Is Ready To Stream On Netflix On June 24


Martin Guptill Again Called ‘G**du’ To Yuzvendra Chahal, This Is How The Spinner Responds

Martin Guptill Again Called ‘G**du’ To Yuzvendra Chahal, This Is How The Spinner Responds


After Sending Migrants Back To Their Home, Sonu Sood Is Winning Hearts On Twitter With His Hilarious Replies

After Sending Migrants Back To Their Home, Sonu Sood Is Winning Hearts On Twitter With His Hilarious Replies


Want To Know How Many Versions of Ramayan Did Ramanand Sagar Read Before Making The Show?

Want To Know How Many Versions of Ramayan Did Ramanand Sagar Read Before Making The Show?


Yuvraj, Gambhir and Dhawan Lash Out On Shahid Afridi After His Remarks Against PM Modi

Yuvraj, Gambhir and Dhawan Lash Out On Shahid Afridi After His Remarks Against PM Modi


Advertisement

Most Searched

More From Military

Popular on The Web