• Short Summary

    DATE/PLACE: This footage was shot in August 1975, at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

    SCOPE: This?

  • Description

    Girl climbs over top to drill instructor to rope climb.
    9 ft

    Single rope over water.
    6 ft

    Double rope over water.
    4 ft

    Tire jump.
    3 ft

    Over log.
    3 ft

    Horizontal ladder
    2 ft

    Water swing (girl hits water, more swing, girl gets out).
    9 ft


    NOTE TO EDITORS: Please credit Department of Defense in title of commentary.
    This motion picture released to NBC for duplication and distribution to interested television and newsfilm pool members. This original footage may not be cut and is to be returned within 72 hours to the Department of Defense Audio Visual Acquisitions Branch, Room 2E 773, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 20301

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: DATE/PLACE: This footage was shot in August 1975, at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

    SCOPE: This coverage is of women in the Air Force during basic training as they attempt to pass the confidence course.

    BACKGROUND: Basic training in anyone's military is not supposed to be easy, and the training centre at Lackland AFB, Texas is no exception.

    The Air Force has been opening to women many activities previously available only to men, including basic training's demanding confidence course. Though this course is not mandatory, nearly 100 percent of the women recruits are trying it.

    The confidence course is designed to do what the name says: build confidence. The course tests both the physical and mental stamina of the recruits as they proceed over and under, around and through. The course was originally built for men averaging five foot nine, but that doesn't stop the girls from making it through. Most say that it is strenuous, but a lot of fun. Even a quick dip in the pool doesn't dampen their spirits.

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