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Troopers informed to return used underwear

Soldiers told to return used underwear

Norway’s army says used underwear, socks and bras are being ‘washed, cleaned and checked’ earlier than they’re reissued to new recruits

Norwegian troopers have been ordered to return their military-issue underwear upon completion of service, because the nation’s Armed Forces battle with provide chain points blamed on the Covid-19 pandemic.

In keeping with the Norwegian Broadcasting Company, troopers have been informed to take excellent care of their underwear, bras and socks and return them upon leaving the Armed Forces so that they might be washed and reissued to new recruits.

“The concept was that this might be a short lived answer till the summer time of 2021,” NRK reported on Friday, noting that the scheme had initially been voluntary. Nonetheless, the Armed Forces have now made it obligatory “for all troopers handy over all clothes and tools upon commencement,” citing provide chain points which have partially been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

A communications supervisor for the Armed Forces Logistics Group, Hans Meisingset, admitted that they merely don’t have sufficient underwear in inventory, although he insisted that the reused clothes are being “washed, cleaned and checked” earlier than they’re given to the following recruit.

“What we distribute is in good situation,” the spokesman claimed, arguing {that a} pair of used underwear or socks is best than nothing in any respect.

On account of provide points, some troopers have reportedly been made to stroll round within the chilly sporting garments which can be coated in holes. The shortages have additionally led to the Armed Forces prioritizing sure troopers for alternative equipment, with these stationed within the north holding probably the most favor attributable to harsher climate circumstances.