Penguin named Colonel in Chief in the Norwegian Army


An Edinburgh resident has been promoted to one of the most senior ranks in the Norwegian Army after a special ceremony at his home. But Colonel in Chief of the Royal Norwegian Guard, Nils Olav, is no ordinary soldier. He is in fact a penguin.

Proud penguin Nils Olav was today inspecting his very own guard of honor. Nils was adopted by the Norwegian Army back in 1972 and as well as being designated their official mascot, was awarded the rank of Lance Corporal in the Royal Norwegian Guard. He has been promoted four times since then and was today given the top job – Colonel in Chief…

But does his promotion mean he will avoid active service from now on? Major Egelien said: “He will have frontline fighting duties.”

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How does on go about joining the Royal Norwegian Guard? I’m thinking our Colonel in Chief may need an assistant.

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