For the primary time in a long time, ladies serving in the Swiss army will quickly cease sporting males’s underwear.
Switzerland is presently revising its army uniform and provides stock, and has determined to concentrate on performance and suppleness, a transfer that may now give ladies their very own underwear.
Starting this month ladies will probably be given undergarments for heat and chilly climate as a part of a trial run.
Kaj-Gunnar Sievert, the spokesman for the Swiss Armed Forces’ Procurement Organisation, instructed CNN that “previous army equipment and uniforms were too little or not at all geared to the specific needs of women.”
“During the development phase, the ergonomics of women, among other things, were taken into account,” he added.
While women and men will proceed to put on the identical fight uniforms, launched in the Eighties, there will probably be updates for particular person changes, similar to the brand new camouflage trousers that include adjustable waistband.
The information coincides with the army’s announcement to improve ladies participation. At current, ladies make up for lower than one per cent of the Swiss army and officers hope to improve the quantity to 10% by 2030.
On International Women’s Day, the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport mentioned they wished to implement plans to improve the proportion of girls in the navy. The plans embody a ‘new service for women’ and promote ‘the reconciliation of military service, work, education and family.’
In 2019, Viola Amherd turned the primary female Defense Minister in the nation’s historical past. The current Swiss army uniforms have been launched in the Eighties and the present updates are a much-needed change.