Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
I’m a pre-operative transgender woman. I demand entry into this unit so I can shower with young, blonde Norwegian women. It’s my right.
Kidding aside, it might be a smart move. Women get to serve which shuts up the feminists. But they’re segregated, which eliminates sexual harassment. Plus, it’s easy to reassign an entire unit to safely guard headquarters when the shooting starts, rather than pluck individual grunts out of an integrated unit to cut down on white-knighting.
This way, the politicians can say “Yes, you are equal to men, you can do everything they can do. Grrrrl power!” Might be worth looking into for Army units. You notice they’re not giving the girls any expensive equipment to operate and maintain, like their own aircraft carrier or submarine. I suspect there’s a reason for that.
On the one hand – not so fast. Norway’s military is already pretty gender-integrated. Don’t be surprised if you see a female frigate commander sooner than later.
On the other? The Norwegians’ unit – a section of the Norwegian Army’s Jegertroppen, loosely translated as “Rangers” – is a special forces unit, roughly on part with the Airborne Rangers, and hauling a lot of expensive equipment around isn’t really part of the mission. The stated mission – having female troops to deal with female Muslim suspects – isn’t entirely daft. And for the unstated, and these days probably tertiary, part of the mission, providing a guerilla cadre if Norway is every conquered again – it makes complete sense.