Monday, April 23, 2012

PLA female army aviation maintenance soldiers make debut

From the People Daily, China: PLA female army aviation maintenance soldiers make debut

The emerge of the first batch of female army aviation maintenance soldiers not only meets the real needs for the improvement of the structure of army aviation maintenance talents and the army aviation maintenance support capability, but also is an important attempt for the Army Aviation Institute in the aspect of talent cultivation. By Tao Binglan, president of the Army Aviation Institute of the PLA

In the early spring, the first batch of female army aviation maintenance soldiers joined the training group for technical soldiers at the Army Aviation Institute of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) and began their half-year-long professional training on army aviation maintenance.

The tasks of the maintenance soldiers, also known as the "nurse" of helicopters bearing significant responsibility, are elaborate and complex. In light of the female's meticulous-thinking characteristics, the Army Aviation Institute recruited female maintenance soldiers for training for the first time in a bid to actively explore channels for talent cultivation.

90% are college graduates or above

The Army Aviation Institute also selected the trainees from the female army aviation soldiers with at least one-year service time in the army aviation troops. These female maintenance soldiers are currently 21 years old on average, and 90 percent of them are college graduates or above and one third of them are in service for over one year in the military.

Casting off effeminacy and practicing skills hard Besides the nearly ten theory courses including "Introduction to aviation", "Electrical engineering" and "Fundamentals of Electronic Technology", the trainees have to undergo an hour of physical training per day, an intensified training per week and a comprehensive examination and assessment per month. Moreover, one third of their courses are field practice ones.

It can be predicted that an excellent team of female maintenance soldiers will rise soon in the future helicopter-maintenance frontline.

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