Meet China's All-female Special Army Unit

March 2, 2017
By Women VoiceEditor: Penny Huang

 

Meet China's All-female Special Army Unit

Members of the first female special operation company of the PLA.  [readerchannel.com.cn]

 

China's first female special operations company of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has accomplished more than 10 significant military operations and training sessions since the troop was founded in 2003.

The members of the company are all equipped with outstanding qualities and perseverance, say officials.

In recent years, the PLA named them an Advanced Company of Overall Construction at the Grassroots Level, and the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) gave them the title of Female Civilization Post.

Rigorous Selection Process

Zhang Yue joined the army in 2009 and took up her post as a nurse in a division's hospital. After being informed the army had established its first female special troop, she signed up.

"After several rounds of selection, I was the only one who made it among my immediate colleagues," said Zhang.

All members in the special operations company experienced a similarly rigorous selection process, being chosen from grassroots divisions.

In the all-female company, over 90 percent have college degrees or above, and most are undergraduates.

Many of the women in the company have outstanding talents. For example, they excel at athletics or were formerly in the Marine Corps.

Regarding members' great qualities, Hu Chaocheng, commander of the company said, "No matter how outstanding you were in the past, everyone will start from zero here."

Female Troop Training: Challenging Your Limit

When it comes to the training of special forces, people use words such as "hellish", "devilish" and "challenging to one's limit" to describe the activities.

In order to pass, recruits must experience three phases: basic physical training, professional training, and special skills training. They need to be equipped with strong talent and courage to face the challenges, said officials.

In 2003, authorities issued an order for the female soldiers to participate in a military parachuting drill. "Our girls only had 45 days to practice, which is half the time it takes to train a qualified male paratrooper," Hu explained.

In order to fulfill the task, the troops got up at 4:30 a.m. every day to practice and returned to camp at 6:30 p.m.

Instructor Qing Yan, who suffered from persistent backache, stuck to the daily training despite the tremendous pain.

Under her influence, all members in the company successfully passed the first examination and accomplished their first parachuting drill.

Becoming Tough Girls

Living in the military camp for a long time, the women are now becoming tougher.

During the first parachute training, the wind suddenly changed, leading to Ma Rong falling to the ground, which left a long scar on her head.

"Every soldier has a scar with a memorable story," Ma said proudly, "For special troops, the scars are considered as a form of medal."

Equipped with the spirit of never giving up, these girls overcame difficulties beyond their imagination.

"As long as we put on the uniform, we have to perform as qualified special soldiers, regardless of gender," the troop members claimed firmly.

 

Meet China's All-female Special Army Unit
PLA special troops [readerchannel.com.cn]

 

Meet China's All-female Special Army Unit

Members of the first female special operation company of the PLA cheer for each other before executing a task. [readerchannel.com.cn]

 

Meet China's All-female Special Army Unit

Members of the first female special operation company of the PLA board a flight. [readerchannel.com.cn]

 

Meet China's All-female Special Army Unit

Parachuting practice [readerchannel.com.cn]

 

Meet China's All-female Special Army Unit

Female special troops in their cabin. [readerchannel.com.cn]

 

Meet China's All-female Special Army Unit

Two members of the first female special operation company of the PLA help each other to put on military caps. [readerchannel.com.cn]

 

Meet China's All-female Special Army Unit

Members of the first female special operation company of the PLA.  [readerchannel.com.cn]

 

(Source: Women Voice/Translated and edited by Women of China)

 

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