Japan SDF Marking 50th Year of Opening Doors to Women


Asaka, Saitama Pref., Dec. 19 (Jiji Press)--With Japan's Self-Defense Forces marking the 50th year of opening its doors to women, new female recruits are undergoing strict training under their crammed schedule at the Ground SDF's Camp Asaka in Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo.

The camp's women-only training unit has produced a total of 14,809 female personnel in the past half-century. New female troops are deployed to SDF facilities across Japan after completing three months of training.

The predecessor of the unit was established on Dec. 20, 1968, the year when the SDF started hiring female personnel besides nurses. Some 50 women joined the unit in the first year.

With the number of female recruits on the rise in recent years, 370 are expected to complete their training at the unit in fiscal 2018 and over 500 in the following year.

Living in a dormitory at the camp, a team of 10 shares a room with five bunk beds. Female recruits learn basic skills such as how to crawl and shoot.

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