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The military's gender balance is not entirely equal yet, but almost a third of the Norwegian army conscripts born in 1997 were women this summer.Norwegian women have been able to volunteer for military service for almost 40 years now, helping to gradually feminize the armed forces.The Scandinavian country – where four of the last five defense ministers have been women – has thus become the first North Atlantic Treaty Organization member and European country to draft both men and women, joining a tiny group of countries around the world, including Israel.The army needs less than 10,000 new recruits each year, far fewer than the 60,000 who are liable to be called up. That means that only the most motivated will actually be asked to serve, in a country where military service is often seen as a personal accomplishment highly valued on the job market.A recent survey conducted by the Norwegian army showed that an overwhelming majority of female soldiers are in favor of unisex dorms.
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