The mess left by foreign soldiers during NATO’s Cold War-style exercise on Norwegian soil includes arable land damaged by tracks and piles of human excrement.
A total of 442 complaints have been filed with the Norwegian Armed Forces during Joint Trident 2018, a NATO drill said to be the largest in decades. Some have drawn attention to foreign soldiers relieving themselves near kindergartens, schools and sports facilities, national broadcaster NRK reported.
Most of the complaints are from farmers whose plots and pastures have suffered damage from vehicles during the drill. Others, by contrast, lament the unsanitary conditions left by NATO soldiers.
“This is terrible, it’s about having common decency. We have to clean up after soldiers who have relieved themselves. It’s literally a s****y job”, Major Marianne Bø responsible for damages and environmental protection during the NATO exercise, told NRK.
According to Bø, the Norwegian Armed Forces received a handful of similar complaints over US and Swedish soldiers defecating near public places, such as schools or sports arenas.
“In fact, we have a system for treating this problem. The soldiers bring their equipment to clean up afterwards. But next time we have a major exercise, we must tighten the rules”, Bø reflected.
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According to Bø, complaints from farmers, whose land was destroyed by the heavy vehicles, were more…