China has marked the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army with a massive military parade at the Zhurihe military training base in the Inner Mongolia region during the weekend. Amid the show columns are groups of young female soldiers called “amphibious overlord flowers” parading for the first time as combat fighters.
According to military observers, these female soldiers are in combat matrix of 9 formations, their average age 20 years and mostly graduates from college. They have been selected for their beauty as well as military capabilities.
These girls are from the marines who have undergone numerous times of fighting, carrying heavy log wood, off-road exercises, ambushes, and wilderness survival excursions. They are different from the show girls who made their appearance at the National Day Parade in 1984.
“The main difference is that we as marines soldiers, have no retreats but attacks, marching forward, without backup support.” Said Lai Danna who dropped off a Beijing university in economics to follow her grandpa’s footsteps to join the navy in 2007. “After a successful landing, our objective is to deliver correct and fast information to the main forces and await them to come onshore the island.”
When asked why she wants to be a marine, Ms Lai says she feels proud to be a handsome soldier with a gun in hand, learning a lot of techniques, and be able to survive well in the wilderness. “Besides I love the seas, the great ocean…despite all the hardships and difficulties”, she added.
“What are your daily exercises like?” asked the reporter.
Lai relies, “Physical training is the basics, like professional athletes, we do that everyday. Repeat and repeat…barbells, dumbbells, 400 meter running, this is just preparation, then there is exercise in the wilderness. And we need to learn how to drive a truck, SUVs, motor cars, etc. And learn all kinds of rifle shootings.”
“As marines, we are special forces. What we use most are hand guns, assault rifles, submachine guns, snipers; we also learn how to shoot and fight under water. Parachuting, diving, mountain climbing, skating, driving a vessel, etc. These all are the necessities. ”
“Others, we do everything the same as man soldiers, like fighting…. And we learn how to judge directions, east and west, how to read maps, military maps, what we called military topography. Like give you a map, tell you where to hide, and the hiding location of another combat group, where we are going to meet, how to make judgments, that kind of things…people call devil training.”
“In fact, as female scouts, we have many advantages over male soldiers. We are better to confuse the enemy, we are better too in communications, to ask other for information.”
“Please tell a routine timetable of a particular day?”
“We get up every morning at 6:00, then morning exercise, run for 3 kilometers, some physical training, totally 80 minutes. 7: 20 breakfast, 8:00 o’clock training again until 11: 20, three hours. More or less the same everyday, sometimes climbing, sometimes fighting, or shooting.”
“Lunch is at 11:30, a little rest after that. Then afternoon training from 3:00-5:00pm, a physical training at 5:00, again another 3 kilometer run, then strength training.”
“Super at 5:40, 7:00 watch CCTV news. After then, more training, mainly for strength of the waist, sometimes practice boxing or sword. Nearly the whole day, it’s hard, but human can be very flexible…tolerance, potential, only when you are pushed to certain extreme, you can come to some achievement. I used to be kind of a lady girl, but now very disciplined. That’s a change, a good change.”
China’s military has the “confidence and capability” to bolster the country’s rise into a world power, President Xi Jinping says.
“We need to build a strong people’s military more than any other time in history,” Xi said as he inspected troops, armoured vehicles, missiles and aircraft, hailing each formation by shouting “Comrades, you’ve worked hard!”
By Cloudy Seagail