The Swiss armed forces is taking a big step to recruit more women – by no longer making female recruits wear men’s underwear.

At present, all recruits are issued with “loose-fitting men’s underwear, often in larger sizes”, the BBC reported. 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% to 10% within the next decade.

Each pair is expected to get 6 months use a year?

No wonder the Guards wear such baggy pantaloons.

21 thoughts on “Ewwwwwwww”

  1. It doesn’t actually state how many pairs of pants there are in a set. It might be a set of ten or twenty.

  2. Well this certainly is gender discrimination. Women being stopped from wearing men’s underwear.

    But the Guardian didn’t seem to be protesting about it for some reason.

  3. What do they specify as “man’s underwear” ? Boxers ? Y Fronts ? Mankinis ?

    I always thought that the Swiss Guards were a bunch of pervs anyway. They probably all wear stockings and sussies under that renaissance clobber.

  4. Whereas in the US of A the opposite is permissible and not just in the Bradley Manning brigade. At least it’s not mandatory yet (is the word mandatory still ?).

  5. It doesn’t actually state how many pairs of pants there are in a set. It might be a set of ten or twenty.

    I guess we know where the “back-to-front and inside-out” jokes fell.

  6. @ gunker
    Yes it is – mandatory for all males – females can volunteer
    All the Swiss banking guys I knew hated doing the regular annual stint – especially being ordered about by guys with half their IQ

  7. Why does the Swiss military have to only wear issued underwear? Having spent some time with the quaintly named MoD Procurement Executive (amusingly, situated at the time in London’s Soho), if the Swiss authorities are anything like the British, they will go for the cheapest material available and, even then, cut corners to save an extra sou here and there, ending up with a product inferior to that originally planned, but within budget. Shirley, commercial products would be more comfortable and beneficial, even if the soldiers buy them themselves? Once I got out of Army training, I did just that, as did most of my fellow squaddies.

  8. Also, is the Swiss military so strict that they are only allowed to wear the issued underwear?

    I mean, the American military issues your underwear too – but other than the t-shirt you wear under (and only because part of it is visible) we don’t put too much emphasis on what type of shorts you’re wearing as long as you can’t see them through the pants.

    And I can’t imagine male underwear are so uncomfortable that *that* is what is stopping women from joining.

    And, and, who do these people think they are, demanding gender-specific clothing! They should accept it in order to make the transgender among them feel more comfortable.

  9. John Lewis
    March 31, 2021 at 11:13 am

    Whereas in the US of A the opposite is permissible and not just in the Bradley Manning brigade. At least it’s not mandatory yet (is the word mandatory still ?).

    I believe you have to say ‘mxndatory and womyndatory’ now.

  10. @Swiss toni

    I’ve heard that most of the officers in the Swiss Army are from German-speaking regions. Is that true?

  11. All the Swiss banking guys I knew hated doing the regular annual stint – especially being ordered about by guys with half their IQ

    Excellent, bring them down to earth a bit.

  12. “All the Swiss banking guys I knew hated doing the regular annual stint – especially being ordered about by guys with half their IQ”

    And double their smarts. I’ve known bankers. Wonder they can tie their own shoelaces.

  13. Thought the pope was supposed to be celibate. How many chicks does he need in the Swiss guard?

  14. @ rob & bis
    Fair point – knowing the difference between an option and a future not much use in a foxhole
    @ zt yes in my albeit limited knowledge – also significant overlap in terms of career advancement -army / civilian job

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