Norway Has Created the World’s First All-Female Special Forces Unit

April 18, 2017 5:00 am


They’ve come along way. Norway has assembled the world’s first all-female military special forces unit.

Created in 2014, the Jegertroppen (“Hunter Troops”) were organized in response to the Norwegian Armed Forces’ Special Command spotting an increased need for female special operations soldiers.

For instance, in places such as Afghanistan, male troops found themselves forbidden from communicating with women. Female special forces, meanwhile, could hence engage in intelligence gathering and building community relations in a way male soldiers simply could not.

Norway has continued to pursue gender equality in the military: in 2016, they became the first NATO country to introduce female conscription.

Learn more about the Jegertroppen at NBC News.

Below, watch a short news feature on women serving in the Norwegian military.



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