More women choose careers in Russian armed forces

Over a third of graduates from military institutes will serve at the rank of first officer

The number of graduates from higher education military institutions who wish to build a military career increased by 30 percent in the Western Military District (ZVO), as compared to last year, the district’s press-service head, Col. Oleg Kochetkov, said on Aug. 1.

"Seventy seven girls [...] on a par with young men have passed a full course of study [this year] at the Military University of the Defense Ministry, institutes and academies […] of the Russian armed forces, and received the first officer ranks,” said Kochetkov.

“The number of female graduates who arrived in ZVO in 2013 was about 30 percent more than the number of graduates last year, indicating an increase in the number of young women who want to build a military career,” the colonel said.

He noted that young female officers will serve in the departments of communication, servicing airfields, military aviation technology and automated systems of command and control, and managing logistics divisions, as well as the moral and psychological support of the army and the ZVO.

Total allocation to the army and the ZVO this year reached nearly 1,000 graduates from higher education institutions of the Ministry of Defense and civilian universities.

First published in Russian in RIA Novosti.

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