The Swiss army has drawn up guidelines outlining special conditions for meals and prayers for its rising number of Muslim recruits.
The move is in line with the army's tradition of catering to other faiths, spokesman Martin Bühler said, following an article in the NZZ am Sonntag newspaper. Special provisions already exist for Jewish soldiers.
Muslims going into the summer recruit school – part of obligatory military service for young men – can now signal that they do not want to eat pork. They will instead be offered an alternative. Halal products can in some cases be brought in.