Albrecht Moser participating in the 2009 Swiss "Waffenlauf", a 42 kilometer long marathon that requires the participants to carry their rifles and their uniforms. [607x900]


Awesome. That Liechtenstein flag was a touch that is nice. Reminded me that they take recruits from there in Switzerland. The military that is swiss always fascinated me. Also the mentality that is public it. Like ...



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  • Awesome. That Liechtenstein flag was a nice touch. Reminded me that they take recruits from there in Switzerland. The Swiss military has always fascinated me. Also the public mentality towards it. Like they've been trying to abolish conscription for a while now but every referendum fails. Last time it was 73% against abolition IIRC.
  • Joining the Swiss Army with a Liechtenstein nationality is only possible if the recruit is a swiss citizen living in Liechtenstein or holder of a double citizenship (Swiss+Liechtenstein).
  • Huh really? Could have sworn I read somewhere that if a citizen of Liechtenstein wanted to enlist he could do so. Maybe they just didn't mention the dual-citizenship thing.
  • Ask the Swedes about that.
  • TIL there's still a European country with conscription
  • I didn't know, I thought post-'89 it was suspended* in all European countries, but apparently I was wrong. Here's a map , the red countries still have conscription in place, there indeed still are some places with conscription, although it looks like in most countries it has been suspended* (* I say suspended, because I'm not sure if any of the countries actually abolish conscription, I can imagine the need to re-activate it is still in place in most countries?)
  • It was suspended in Germany in June July of 2011.
  • there are SO many countries in Europe and throughout the world that have mandatory service (aka conscription) for certain age-groups.
  • At least they're allowed to wear running shoes...
  • Dear god, a marathon is bad enough but to doit in combat boots is just insane.
  • I would've said the same about carrying a rifle before seeing this.
  • Makes for some nice juxtaposition
  • Photographically it really was an appealing picture.
  • is this actually an old army uniform? white t-shirt and all?
  • And in 1986 the Swiss army of course advertised Ovomaltine. 😛 I guess some variation is allowed, running shoes in bright colors aren't standard issue either.
  • The "tenue bleu" is, or probably was, the uniform you had to wear when cleaning the rifle/boots. And for those who were in the cleaning crew. It wasn't really a uniform and you didn't want to be wearing it, ever. I'm guessing they have something more fancy today.
  • Swiss army has proper camo today and for a long while now I just wonder why this guy chose to run in something that doesnt look like combat uniform
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