COVID-led supply shortages have forced Norwegian conscripts to hand back their underwear when they have completed their military service.
Logistic problems lead to reuse and recycling
Norwegian military conscripts have been told to return their underwear upon completion of their military service. Some 8.000 conscripts are called up, every year, as part of Norway’s effort in guarding NATO’s frontier with Russia.
Until recently, the young men and women were allowed to leave the service with the underwear and socks provided. However, factory shutdowns and transport issues, caused by Covid, have led the Norwegian military to mandate the handing over of the used underwear, bra, and socks upon completion of service.
Hans Meisingset, defense logistics spokesperson, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that “The textiles are washed, cleaned, and checked. What we distribute is in good condition.”
However, not all are happy the Norwegian military is taking recycling to a new level. Conscript representative Eirik Sjohelle Eiksund criticized the logistical issues telling Forsvarets Forum that “severe shortages of equipment and clothing can potentially affect operational readiness and, in the worst case, the safety of the soldier.”
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