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Russia: Female paratroop officers graduate with the boys

Russian Federation, Ryazan
June 23, 2013 at 23:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Female paratroop officers graduate with the boys

Female officers dressed in smart blue military uniforms marched alongside their male counterparts in a graduation ceremony at the Ryazan High Airborne Academy on Sunday. After the marching parade, troops scaled buildings and rolled off moving trucks in a display of their military prowess.

Ryazan High Airborne Academy is currently the only centre in Russia which prepares female officers for ground and airborne operations. The first female officers graduated from the legendary military academy five years ago. Female soldiers' day-to-day military life is not much different to that of their male counterparts living in the barracks.

Both sexes are taught to manage conflict situations, jump from airplanes with parachutes and survive in hostile environments. The females also took part in different field exercises, where they learned to encircle and destroy the enemy.

The Ryazan Airborne School is a popular destination for non-Russian nationals training to be paratroopers, drawing many foreign cadets each year.

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Russia: Female paratroop officers graduate with the boys

Female officers dressed in smart blue military uniforms marched alongside their male counterparts in a graduation ceremony at the Ryazan High Airborne Academy on Sunday. After the marching parade, troops scaled buildings and rolled off moving trucks in a display of their military prowess.

Ryazan High Airborne Academy is currently the only centre in Russia which prepares female officers for ground and airborne operations. The first female officers graduated from the legendary military academy five years ago. Female soldiers' day-to-day military life is not much different to that of their male counterparts living in the barracks.

Both sexes are taught to manage conflict situations, jump from airplanes with parachutes and survive in hostile environments. The females also took part in different field exercises, where they learned to encircle and destroy the enemy.

The Ryazan Airborne School is a popular destination for non-Russian nationals training to be paratroopers, drawing many foreign cadets each year.