The Swiss armed forces is taking a big step to recruit more women – by no longer making female recruits wear men’s underwear.
現在のところ, all recruits are issued with “loose-fitting men’s underwear, often in larger sizes”, the BBC 報告. In a trial set to begin in April, the Swiss army said women would be issued with two sets of female underwear – one for warmer months and one for colder months.
The Swiss armed forces hope to increase the percentage of female recruits from 1% に 10% within the next decade.
“The clothing is designed for men, but if the army is really to become more feminine, appropriate measures are needed,” said MP Marianne Binder.
Army spokesperson Kaj-Gunnar Sievert told Swiss news site Watson: “The old generation of uniforms was not geared enough to the specific needs of women.”
Other pieces of clothing and accessories, including combat clothing, backpacks and protective vests were also being re-evaluated, said Sievert.
防衛大臣, Viola Amherd, reportedly welcomed the move, saying “compatibility” needed to be improved.
Women and men in the Swiss armed forces have had the same duties since 2004. An unnamed female soldier told Watson the underwear, “makes a difference whether you have to crawl on the floor with 27 kilograms of luggage or sit quietly on an office chair.”
Switzerland’s is not the only army to commit gender discrimination in the drawers department.
Earlier in March the US marine corps announced that it would remove an underwear replacement allowance previously given only to male recruits, Military.com 報告. The discrepancy was noticed as part of a report by the Government Accountability Office which found that some female recruits spent more than $8,000 of their own money on clothing over the course of their careers, while men sometimes had leftover allowances.