Swiss army Recruits' school is a rite of passage for most young Swiss men. They spend an entire summer or part of winter undergoing their basic training. The first day of their life in army starts outside the barracks. (Keystone) Keystone The raw recruits find out quickly that life in the army is about following orders. (Keystone) Keystone Uniform time: recruits measure up. (Keystone) Keystone Recruits are told to treat their rifles better than their girlfriends. (Keystone) Keystone Making faces: learning to march properly is still an important part of early training. (Keystone) Keystone Physical exhaustion soon becomes the recruits' constant companion. (Keystone) Keystone The end of recruits' school is a time to celebrate. (Keystone) Keystone Army life is tough, but soldiers go home with plenty of memories in their kit bags. (Keystone) Keystone A rite of passage for young Swiss. This content was published on November 30, 2004 - 13:29 November 30, 2004 - 13:29 Share Facebook Twitter E-mail Print Copy link More More The ethics of artificial intelligence The challenges are immense for Switzerland, which is one of the leading developers of artificial intelligence (AI). You can find an overview of ongoing debates with our journalists here. Please join us! If you want to start a conversation about a topic raised in this article or want to report factual errors, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sort by Newest first Oldest first Load more More More Swiss federal elections 2023 It's time to decide who sits in the Swiss parliament by casting your vote in the federal elections on October 22. Here's our election guide.