Norwegian workers make underwear that has been used since the shortage

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Norwegian workers make underwear that has been used since the shortage

Pandemic-related supply constraints are part of the reason for the shortage

Military service is mandatory for Norwegian men and women

The Norwegian Defense Logistics Organization said because of “a challenging stockpile situation, this move is necessary as it provides the Armed Forces with greater garment volumes available for new soldiers starting their initial service.”

The Norwegian military said on Monday that it is struggling with dwindling supplies, in part due to the pandemic.

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  • A defence union spokesman says it’s been a ‘recurring problem’

Military service is mandatory for both men and women in Norway and lasts between 12 and 19 months.

Defence Logistics press spokesman Hans Meisingset said that with “proper checks and cleaning, the reuse of garments is considered an adequate and sound practice.”

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Read more Until recently, the roughly 8,000 young men and women who every year do their military service returned their outer clothing but were allowed to leave barracks with the underwear and socks they were issued.

Mr Meisingset said the pandemic was not the only reason why the stock of garments is low for some items. It also depends on finance, contracts and other issues. NATO-member Norway’s national defence magazine, Forsvarets Forum, reported that it was not the first time that the Armed Forces had struggled with such shortcomings, with a union spokesman saying it “has been a recurring problem” for years. 

He added that he believed it was due to errors in the system around ordering and delivery. AP

“A year ago, we looked at exactly the same shortcomings in close-fitting clothing that we see now, and earlier this autumn, the largest and smallest sizes of footwear were missing,” Eirik Sjoehelle Eiksund was quoted as saying. In June 2020, a third of the soldiers’ clothing and equipment was missing.