The Parliamentary Ombudsman for the Norwegian Armed Forces was established in 1952, and was the world’s first parliamentary military commissioner.
The Ombudsman and the Ombudsman’s committee of six members comprise a public body under the Norwegian Storting (parliament). The Ombudsman and committee members are appointed by and reports to the Storting.

The Ombudsman is charged with safeguarding the rights of all personnel in the Armed Forces. Any individual who feels that he or she has been subject to incorrect, unjust or unreasonable treatment is entitled to bring his or her case before the Ombudsman. 
The Ombudsman deals with all types of issues and circumstances relating to military service. The Ombudsman may address or, on his own initiative, take action in any matter found to be the need of attention. The Ombudsman is empowered to deal with cases involving all authorities, has access to all documents and information, and may hear witnesses and experts. The Ombudsman is impartial and independent of the Minister for Defence, the Ministry of Defence and the military authorities.
The Ombudsman’s committee conducts inspections of military units domestically and abroad. The Ombudsman submits inspection reports with appropriate recommendations to the Minister of Defence, Chief of Defence and military authorities involved.
The Ombudsman’s committee submits an annual report, Document 5, to the Storting each year.
The Office of the Ombudsman for the Armed Forces is led by the Ombudsman. The administration is headed by a director (lawyer).

The present Ombudsman, Roald Linaker, was elected from 1 January 2014.

Former Ombudsmen:

  1. Arthur Ruud, 1952 – 1964
  2. Edgar Andreassen, 1964-1985
  3. Per Utsi, 1985-2002
  4. Dagfinn Hjertenes, 2002-2006
  5. Kjell Arne Bratli, 2006-2014