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Norway increases expertise in Afghanistan. Half-year changeover to see professional troops. Norway’s presence and contribution in Afghanistan received a boost recently, when Head of Defence Harald Sunde announced almost purely professional soldiers would be sent from now on. At present, Norway’s military is dominated by newly-qualified conscripts with a few months extra training for its operations in Afghanistan.

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Norway increases expertise in Afghanistan

Published on Wednesday, 14th April, 2010 at 11:39 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Half-year changeover to see professional troops.

Norwegian soldiers in Afghanistan
Norwegian soldiers in Afghanistan
Photo: Forsvaret/Lars Magne Hovtun


Norway’s presence and contribution in Afghanistan received a boost recently, when Head of Defence Harald Sunde announced almost purely professional soldiers would be sent from now on.

At present, Norway’s military is dominated by newly-qualified conscripts with a few months extra training for its operations in Afghanistan.

Otherwise, its soldiers are mixture of professionals from the Telemark Battalion, and various other specialist troops.

But things are to change at the half-yearly rotation just before the summer, when only professional soldiers, officers, and various field-specialists are to be transferred.

Just a handful of conscripts from Northern Norway will be placed on guard duty at Norway’s camp in Meymaneh, according to Aftenposten.

“We’re sending a very experienced force comprising the Coastal Ranger Command (Kystjegerkommandoen), as well as the Telemark, and Intelligence Battalions (Etteretningsbataljon), amongst others,” Sunde says, acknowledging part of the reason is due to developments in Afghanistan.



Published on Wednesday, 14th April, 2010 at 11:39 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: afghanistan, harald, sunde, military, soldiers, troops, specialist, telemark, battalion, meymaneh, guard, duty, conscripts, coastal, ranger, intelligence.





  
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