• Short Summary

    THE STRENGTHENING OF THE CONGOLESE ARMY BY TRAINING WOMEN AS PARATROOPERS HAS BEEN A FACET OF THE COUNTRY'S MILITARY ACTIVITY SINCE LAST YEAR.

  • Description

    THE STRENGTHENING OF THE CONGOLESE ARMY BY TRAINING WOMEN AS PARATROOPERS HAS BEEN A FACET OF THE COUNTRY'S MILITARY ACTIVITY SINCE LAST YEAR. RECENTLY PRESIDENT MOBUTU ATTENDED THE FINAL JUMP IN THE TRAINING PROGRAMME OF TWENTY OF THESE YOUNG WOMEN, AND LATER PRESENTED THEM WITH CERTIFICATES OF PROFICIENCY.

    THE PARACHUTISTS' TRAINING CENTRE AT NDJILI WAS WHERE THE YOUNG CONGOLESE WOMEN LEARNED THE SKILLS OF THE PARATROOPER. THEY PRACTISED LANDINGS FROM SUSPENDED EQUIPMENT BEFORE GOING INTO THE AIR.

    THE WOMEN - ALL AGED BETWEEN 16 AND 20 - HAD TO QUALIFY FOR THE COURSE BY UNDERGOING SIX YEARS OF SECONDARY EDUCATION BEFORE BEING ADMITTED TO THE FREEDOM OF THE SKIES.

    ONE REASON FOR TRAINING THE WOMEN IN THIS PARTICULAR FIELD WAS TO PROVIDE THE CONGOLESE ARMY WITH A MOBILE CORPS OF TYPISTS, NURSES, COOKS AND OTHER FEMALE PERSONNEL.

    THE SCHEME SEEMED POPULAR WITH PRESIDENT JOSEPH MOBUTU - HIMSELF A TRAINED PARACHUTIST. HE CONGRATULATED THE YOUNG WOMEN AND THEIR INSTRUCTOR, COLONEL IKUKU.

    THERE IS NO LACK OF VOLUNTEERS FOR PARACHUTE TRAINING SCHEME, AND THE YOUNG WOMEN OF THE CONGO ARE VYING FOR PLACES IN WHAT IS NORMALLY REGARDED AS A MALE OCCUPATION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADALA1KYULNQE7JQRS6XFHS8LE
    Media URN:
    VLVADALA1KYULNQE7JQRS6XFHS8LE
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/02/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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