The Norwegian parliament has voted in a strong majority on a bill aimed at extending mandatory military service to females. If the legislation is approved, all women in the country will be subject to the same conscription conditions as men.
The proposition, which was first announced in June 2013, was passed in Oslo this week, with 96 parliamentarians voting in favor of gender equality in the army. Only six voted against it.
“We do not really need more conscripts but we wish to extend military service to the entire age group to attract more motivated and more competent recruits,” Norwegian Minister of Defense Ine Eriksen Soreide said.