Norway’s mandatory military service is intended to toughen up the Arctic nation’s young men and women.
But six of its young military police recruits who were forced to go for a freezing, naked run – and consequently caught frostbite – appear to have been pushed too far.
In an incident swiftly condemned by the Norwegian army, six novices at a barracks in Setermoen – some 200km north of the Arctic Circle – were sent for an unscheduled jog in the early hours of Monday morning.
They were forbidden from wearing clothes or footwear, despite temperatures of -20C.
Unsurprisingly, all six required treatment for frostbite on their return to the base.
It now appears recriminations are in order for whoever sent the young recruits on their ill-advised run.
“This kind of thing is not supposed to happen,” army spokesman Obit Aleksander Jankov said.
“Boys and girls called up for military service for the first time should be brought into a safe environment.
“Consequently we are taking this incident very seriously and want to get to the bottom of what happened.”
He said whoever was behind the incident could face being kicked out of the army.
– The Telegraph