This Intense Military Program Is Made Just For Women

The program launched in 2014.
Posted at 10:34 AM, Jun 11, 2017

Norway is training women to be kickass soldiers.

The unique all-women military training program is really intense. But since the special forces program's launch in 2014, women have been signing up by the hundreds for the Hunter Troop.

Women in Hunter Troop have yearlong training that includes counterterrorism and arctic survival.

In order to complete the program, there's also a daunting list of physical tasks — like racing with full gear through 9 miles of forest. That part has to be completed in two hours and 15 minutes.

The women also have to do six pullups. To put that into perspective, the U.S. Marine Corps requires men to do three pullups and women to do a 15-second hang.

One advantage of having women in combat? Some militaries use women soldiers to talk with and gather information from women civilians in Middle Eastern countries like Afghanistan.

Hunter Troop units have yet to deploy but could be setting a new standard for women in militaries.