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Military won't change nude bathing policy
A female soldier from His Majesty Kings Guard during a live fire exercise at Hengsvann fireing range. Photo: Thomas Iversen/HMKG/Forsvaret

Military won't change nude bathing policy

The Local · 13 Jan 2016, 11:10

Published: 13 Jan 2016 11:10 GMT+01:00

In the autumn of 2011, a commanding officer made then 23-year-old Alice Aspelund bathe naked with 30 men and in front of other male officers during an exercise in the northern town of Bodø.
 
Aspelund claimed afterwards she feel abused and would not advise other women to join the army because of the incident.
 
“I cried and felt sick, and I had problems looking at the male recruits right in front of my eyes,” she told Avis Nordland at the time.
 
“I can not recommend that other girls go off to the military when it's like that,” she added.
 
The Norwegian Armed Forces initially gave the male officer who ordered the bath a harsh disciplinary warning for his behaviour and a fine of 2,500 kroner but cancelled the official reprimand after the officer appealed his judgement.
 
After two separate internal reviews, the military said on Tuesday that it would not make any changes to its bathing policies, meaning that other female soldiers could find themselves in a situation similar to Aspelund’s when Norway's gender-neutral military conscription begins later this year.  
 
“It was a very difficult question on the practice of field hygiene. There are different practices in different units on whether one must undress and do so in the presence of other soldiers,” military attorney Lars Morten Bjørkhold told broadcaster NRK. 
 
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Military HR spokesman Trond Kotte told NRK that military brass took the case very seriously, especially in light of the introduction of universal military service. 
 
“The nude bathing case has made us more aware of the need for good conduct,” Kotte said. 
 
The first contingent of female conscripts in the Norwegian Armed Forces will be called into service in July. 

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