Chinese sons and daughters are so ambitious that they don’t like red clothes and arms.
Youth Typicals Face to Face with Officers and Soldiers: Learning Typical “Atypical” Ways
“Teacher Shuling, those two are joysticks, that is shifting gear, the middle of the rear is one gear, and the left is two gears…” This is a female tank soldier who is explaining the driving essentials of tanks to Shu Ling, a third-class sergeant in a naval department of Shenyang Ship. On May 7, Shu Ling and eight other military and civilian youth typically came to an army unit to learn and experience the main battle equipment of the unit and interact face to face with officers and soldiers.
“This is the first time I’ve driven the Army’s main battle equipment, and also the first time I’ve touched a female tank soldier. I have always believed that tanks are exclusive to male soldiers. I really admire the courage and courage of these female soldiers. Their courage to face difficulties and challenge themselves is worth learning. Shu Ling said.
In order to improve the combat system and enable female soldiers to enter the main battle positions, the Ministry has established a female tank platoon, focusing on exploring the feasibility and combat effectiveness of female tank soldiers in actual combat applications. At present, the female tank platoon has completed the live ammunition training subject, and has achieved good results.
Wu Wenling, 25, is the platoon leader of the women’s tank. Talking about the original intention of joining the army, she said with a laugh: “A pat on the head came, saying that the army life is bitter, but I think the soldiers are very handsome, very powerful.”
In 2014, Wu Wenling, who enrolled in the army for three years, was admitted to the College of Electronic Countermeasure of National Defense University of Science and Technology, and after graduation, she joined the Ministry to become a communications soldier.
Soon after, the women’s tank platoon was established, and Wu Wenling was appointed as the platoon leader of the women’s tank platoon.
From a communications soldier to a tank soldier, Wu Wenling was still a little conflicted at first.
“Because tank soldiers are a little harder than communicators.” Wu Wenling said, “What’s more, it’s different from my own idea. I thought of a company that matched my major.”
But now that she’s here, Wu Wenling is determined to be a good platoon leader. “Because I am not alone, I have my comrades in arms. As platoon leader, I should play a leading role. On the other hand, the comrades-in-arms signed up to join the tank platoon by themselves. They are very enthusiastic and enthusiastic about the tank platoon, which is also a driving force for me. I can’t drag them behind.
For Wu Wenling, to be a good platoon leader, professional skills are the most important.
“Because after all, it’s not a major. When I first came into contact, I didn’t know anything about it.” Wu Wenling said, “Communications, driving and shooting should be mastered in all aspects. When the equipment breaks down, the soldiers will come to me. I have to be able to help them solve problems.
In order to break through her professional skills, Wu Wenling began to participate in the training process of each tank and everyone. Self-study and self-study, every time she follows, she can sum up part of the problems and solutions. Slowly, Wu Wenling can use her peacetime experience to help soldiers solve difficult problems.
After all, the training of tank soldiers is arduous, especially for female tank soldiers. “The biggest problem for women tank soldiers is lack of strength.” Wu Wenling said, “Every part of the tank is very heavy.”
According to Wu Wenling, female tank soldiers need to be responsible for the handling, disassembly, installation and maintenance of tank equipment. “Every tank’s batteries and shells need to be handled by ourselves. For the driver, it’s very difficult to gear at first, and the requirement of arm strength is very high. Wu Wenling said.
Wei Youhong is a driver of the women’s tank platoon. The first time I hung in gear, I hung up for two minutes, and then I had no energy to drive, sweating. The joystick is also stiff and requires a lot of strength. She said.
To enhance arm strength, women soldiers have no shortcut to go, only through long and intensive training. Including dumbbells, kettlebells and other equipment, as well as the relay to carry artillery shells, push-up ammunition boxes and load-bearing push-ups.
Besides, many female soldiers get carsick at the beginning, including Wu Wenling.
She was impressed by a small soldier who vomited very badly. Wu Wenling wanted to prepare some carsickness medicine for her, but the soldier himself kept saying, “It’s all right. Just spit a few more times.” Later, she asked for more rides each time, so that the driver could drive hard, and now she has completely overcome carsickness.
In summer, tank soldiers also need to overcome the high temperature in the car. The temperature in the car is very high in summer, and the longest time is to sit in it for more than 40 minutes.
“At that time, sweating, basically this consciousness belongs to a vague state.” Wei Youhong, a driver, said, “At that time, he would pinch himself to keep his consciousness clear and unable to sleep. If that’s not possible, open the hatch a little and breathe.”
“In many cases, these difficulties can not be overcome.” Wu Wenling said, “But what touches me most is that no matter how hard and tired they are, they will not have any complaints, especially the drivers. They are the hottest in the car when driving, and their work in maintaining the car is the dirtiest and heaviest, but they are the most active. Let me feel that the energy of female soldiers is really beyond imagination, in our hearts, can drive the main battle equipment, gallop the sand front, can be called female soldiers, female soldiers.
Wu Wenling admits that sometimes she has the idea of giving up and feels that she is not fit to be a tank soldier. “But the warriors’enthusiasm for training and the spirit of not afraid of hardship and not afraid of tiredness deeply infected me. As platoon leader, I can not fail the trust of the leaders and comrades-in-arms, to shoulder this responsibility.” She said, “And my family is very supportive of me, especially my grandfather and father. They know that I am a tank soldier and they are very proud of me.”
Wu Wenling and the female tank platoon soldiers also listened to the typical growth experience of 8 young people at the military youth typical sharing conference, and their stories deeply touched the female tank soldiers. “The stories behind their military medals and medals of honor make us blood boiling and admirable. I also learned a lot from it and found my own shortcomings and goals. Next step, I will continue to lead a good team, so that our female tank soldiers can grow up like them, become the pride of all our female soldiers. Wu Wenling said.
China Youth Daily, Zhongqing Online Probationary Journalist Jin Zhuo