HANDLING explosives, rappelling from a 6-story building, parachuting from 800 meters, and dodging a hail of bullets — it’s all in a day’s work for these women.
For this female-only squad of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) special operations forces, daily training carries all the risks of real battle.
“Sometimes, I hear bullets fly past my ears. I realize how I would feel if enemies were to shoot at me on the battlefield,” said Huang Anqi, 21, who was among the first to join the squad. The brigade was reorganized as a special ops troop in 2013, and soon after the all-women’s squad was formed.