Swiss military leadership warns female soldiers about posting selfies on social

Left: A Swiss army recruit showing off her pole dancing skills on social media. Right: Swiss Armed Forces artillery-woman Valentine Morina (Instagram)

The leadership of the predominantly militia-based Swiss Armed Forces have expressed their growing vexation over an army of selfie-obsessed junior soldiers taking -often risqué- selfies in uniform, despite strict policies forbidding the act.

“There is a very clear policy: no photos in uniform,” said SAF spokesman Daniel Reist. “Whoever wants to take a picture must first ask the commander. If gross nonsense is posted, or sexist or racist content, we will get the military police in. But if they post positive experiences, that does not hurt the army.”

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According to The Sun, one female recruit -24-year-old Valentine Morina- is a repeat offender, having regularly posted selfies to social media.

Hailing from the French-speaking part of Switzerland, Morina is the gunner of an M109 self-propelled howitzer.

“I was the only woman under 400 men,” she wrote. “The recruit school was a good experience, which unfortunately is now already over.”

Other photos have surfaced of women pole dancing, posting snaps in uniform or posing on armored vehicles.

Despite the criticism from high command, many female soldiers don’t seem to have any remorse over the matter.

The pictures have been widely shared in Swiss newspapers

“Never apologize for who you are and what you want,” said 19-year-old tanker Alexandra Schnyder.

While the pictures have been featured in Swiss newspapers and are considered a positive recruiting tool, Reist claims there needs to be more thought put into things that occur in uniform- and just happen to go viral.

The issue of female soldiers participating in cute selfies and sometimes scandalous photos is not a uniquely Swiss issue: both the Israeli Defense Forces and the US military have cracked down on and set guidelines for their own for behavior on social media.

A moment of leisure is captured by a squaddie

One US Soldier, a Specialist working at West Point, reportedly has a side-job as a “booty model.” She has since removed her Instagram posts in regard to the matter.

While the issue of “government girls gone wild” and social media is universal, the Swiss have taken a clear stance.

SAF spokesman Christoph Brunner said that such videos are a “violation of common decency” and an “insult to the prestige of the uniform.” If outed, soldiers could face a 10-day arrest and a fine of up to $489 if they are identified.

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