Norway has taken the step of having the first all-female special forces unit in the world. These women, who make up an elite group known as Norway’s Jegertroppen (Hunter Troops), face the same stringent training and requirements of their male counterparts. There has been no shortage of applicants and the women who have already gone through the training are excelling and, in some instances, surpassing their male counterparts in skills.
According to NBC News:
The unit was started after Norway’s Armed Forces’ Special Command saw an increased need for female special operations soldiers — particularly in places like Afghanistan where male troops were forbidden from communicating with women. The exclusion of half the population was having a detrimental impact on intelligence gathering and building community relations.