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Norway sacks 30 Royal Guard members for drug use

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FILE - Trumpeters from the Royal Guard play during the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at City Hall in Oslo, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009. The Norwegian Armed Forces said Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, that 30 conscripts serving with Norway's prestigious Royal Guards unit that stands outside the royal palace in Oslo will be booted out for using illegal drugs while on leave.
Files - Royal Guard trumpeters played at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at Oslo City Hall. Thursday, December 10, 2009. 30 of his conscripts belonging to Norway's prestigious Royal Guard unit standing outside the Royal Palace in Oslo, Wednesday 17 August 2022, will be kicked out for using illegal drugs while on vacation, the Norwegian military said. announced. Photo by Odd Andersen /THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Copenhagen, Denmark (AP) — Norway's prestigious The 30-member Norwegian Defense Force announced Wednesday that it would expel the Royal Guard for using illegal drugs while on vacation.

The military was tipped off about illegal drug use among conscripts at a private party this summer. Five initially admitted to using drugs, but eventually he confessed that 25 did the same.

All 30 were members of the Royal Guard, according to Norwegian broadcaster NRK and VG newspaper.

Military spokesman Blaze Steinson Week Hansen told NRK that conscripts would be discharged from the military.

No details were given as to what kind of medication they were taking. Norway made military service for men and women mandatory in her 2015.

"All personnel in the armed forces have a duty to notify if they discover or become aware that illegal drugs are being handled among personnel or conscripts," he said. told to

The King's Guard are tasked with protecting the Norwegian royal family. Its members perform daily changing of the guard ceremonies outside the Royal Palace in Oslo and wear navy blue uniforms with feather bowler hats.

This unit also performs on special occasions, such as awarding the Nobel Peace Prize.

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