Swedish Women Troops Want Combat Bra

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  1. Swedish Women Troops Want 'Combat' Bra

    Australian Associated Press


    Swedish female soldiers are demanding the military provide them with combat-tested bras, amid complaints that the sports bras they must buy themselves unhook too easily, officials say.

    Unlike their male counterparts who are provided with military-issue underwear, Sweden's 500-odd women conscripts must buy bras themselves since there are no military-issue brassieres, according to the Council of Conscripts, a union-like organisation.

    "The women have had to buy sports bras instead. But they are not tested for combat situations nor for fire safety, and they are not functional. They unhook too easily," Council spokeswoman Paulina Rehbinder told AFP.

    She criticised the military for its lack of gender equality, in a country widely considered a pioneer in the field.

    "This sends a signal to women. You should be able to come to your workplace and be provided with equipment that works and that is safe," she said.

    "There have been women in the Swedish military for more than 30 years but bras have never been provided by the military," she lamented, noting however that the military gave conscripts money to buy their bras.

    But things look set for a change.

    With between 800 and 1,000 women expected to become conscripts next year, the military is now developing a bra that is undergoing testing.

    "It's supposed to be ready either later this year or next year," Rehbinder said.

    Sweden has allowed women conscripts since 1980. Four to five per cent of Sweden's armed forces are women.


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  2. Smash that pasty!
  3. JJH:

    Tempting as it is to come up with a NAAFI Bar response, I will restrain myself. I recall a good number of years ago, when women aboard USN vessels were quite a new thing, that a committee of DACOWITS* met with a number of USN women to discuss uniform issues. One of the issues was flamability of womens uniforms aboard ships.

    IMHO, the women have a point about flamability of clothing but there is no such thing as a Nomex bra.

    *Defence committee dealing with womens issues
  4. maguire

    maguire LE Book Reviewer

    er, are you *completely* sure about that?

  5. Maguire:

    I am impressed. It took you but 14 minutes to come up with that. Given that speed, it does, however, make one wonder a bit about what you are usually looking up on the internet. :D
  6. maguire

    maguire LE Book Reviewer

    the list of websites in my favourites is long and perverted. :oops:
  7. I never thought otherwise--I mean this is ARRSE after all.
  8. :? How can a bra unhook "too easily"? I can't say I've ever found this to be a problem. A typical feminist perspective that takes no account of the male needs :evil:

    [mutter, mutter ... make up their ruddy minds ... first they want to burn their bras, and now they don't ...]

    It seems as though the Swedes may have other equipment problems, though, of a slightly more fundamental nature http://www.thelocal.se/22886/20091026/
  9. maguire

    maguire LE Book Reviewer

    'Swedish soldiers forced to train in soleless boots'

    blimey - they're treading on dangerous ground there.
  10. :D

    You'd have to be a fudge packer not to smash her.
  11. Its right though the blokes get combat boxers there aren't any combat knickers or bras.
  12. Got to love this line, was she really thinking when she said this?

    According to Nina Enocsson with the Swedish Conscription Council

    “The Armed Forces give priority to overseas units and overlook the conscripts, it’s just easy to blow them off,” she told the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper.

    But ONE set of kit and knackered secondhand boots, even for conscripts is a bit iffy eh?
  13. A whole new meaning! :D
  14. I was just thinking Back Doors and Smashing - what was the question again?
  15. They want combat Bra,have one of these.

    Strong and flexiable,slash proof and will not melt......and being chainmail,they have a natural peephole effect for those special moments.

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