Saturday, April 17, 2010

At Ease

At Ease

Have you ever met a Sjöbevakningsgruppbefäl before? That's what I did a couple of days ago in Västerhaninge. In fact I met three of them. Glenn, Nanette and Andreas. They are doing their National Service at the Haninge Garnison.The title means that they are in the Swedish Navy. This military trio did their recruit training last summer at the Karlskrona base where they spent three long months living in tents. Sounds like fun! They told me about one very long, tough and rainy weekend, and I'm very glad I wasn't there! Their job today is to monitor the Swedish territorial waters. They do that in 5-hour shifts. When I met them they had 68 days left of their National Service. And then it's MUCK! Which stands for everyone's favorite phrase: Militär Utryckning i Civila Kläder. Or in English Leaving the Military in Civilian Attire. I still remember they joy when I did that a few eons ago, so I know how they must be feeling.

8 comments:

T. Becque said...

They're so young! That's interesting information you put with your picture. I like the expressions are their faces! May I ask how you say the name of your city? I keep saying it to myself when I'm on your blog, but I know I'm slaughtering it!

gogouci said...

Fearsome threesome for sure.

brattcat said...

Then is this service mandatory? How about women?

Birdman said...

Are they headed to the brig??? They don't look too happy. Ha! My next question--- how old, they look so young.

Steffe said...

It was mandatory (for men),for many years, but that has now been changed. Come July 2010 the conscription will be replaced with a ninety day voluntary military training. Some more facts at the Swedish Armed Forces web site.

Luis Gomez said...

Great shot! Love this one. I kind of like the expressions in all of their faces.

Rob and Mandy said...

So, you put them against a wall and shot them?

VP said...

My son skipped compulsory service for few months. I am learning a lot of Swedish acronyms in your last posts!