On Friday, Deputy Defence Minister Nikolai Pankov said that more women should serve as long-service personnel in the Russian forces, telling a meeting of Siberian university students, “My personal opinion is that we should see more women in the ranks serving as officers, generals, sergeants, and privates”. He added that such service would be voluntary. Pankov said that 200 women were cadets at various military education establishments in Russia last year; he expects that number to grow in 2014, noting, “We’ve opened admission [for women] even to the Ryazan Higher Airborne Command School… and the number of applications is enormous. This goes to show that women want to enter the military profession, so, we shouldn’t ignore it”. According to statistics, 11,000 women are now on military duty, down from 30,000 five years ago due to staff cuts under present military reforms. They serve as officers and NCOs, mainly in staff positions, as specialists in medical and financial services, or in communications units.
31 January 2014
A group of 102 Russian female skydivers from the Zhemchuzhiny Rossii (Pearls of Russia) team trained on the ground before trying to create a tricolour formation in midair. To watch this 71-second RIA-Novosti video in English showing them preparing for the stunt, click here. On 26 July, Russian parachuting enthusiasts mark their unofficial holiday, Parachutist‘s Day. Badass mamas, all the way around…
12 July 2013
Marina Raskova (1912-43), Hero of the Soviet Union, she commanded the 125th Guards Bomber Aviation Regiment… her ashes were buried in the Moscow Kremlin wall in a state funeral.
Mariya Dolina (1922-2010), Hero of the Soviet Union, she also served in the 125th Guards Bomber Regiment (which received the title “Borisov named after M M Raskova” after Marina Raskova died in an air crash).
Today, some rightwing nutters are trying to say that women are unfit to be at the front in combat positions. That’s utter baloney and horseshit. Women proved their mettle in World War II. Indeed, they more than proved it. I’ll bet you any amount of money that the loudmouthed cretins who oppose women at the front are the same people who voted for the warmongering draft-dodging coward Willard Romney. I’m just sayin’…