In an effort to increase the qualifications of its air personnel and create a “strong army,” the Chinese navy is lifting the age limit in order to expand its search for highly educated graduate students who can operate shipborne aircraft.
China is attempting to increase the caliber of its recruits in addition to modernizing its equipment, such as its warships and warplanes, as the military is typically a career path preferred by the less educated.
The People’s Liberation Army Navy advertised on the social media site WeChat that it was looking for graduate students with master’s degrees in science and engineering who were under 26 years old to fly planes from ships, including China’s expanding fleet of aircraft carriers.
It first opened up applications to undergraduates who were 24 years old or younger just last year. Prior to that, only recent high school graduates who were under 20 were eligible to apply.
The People’s Liberation Army Navy stated in the advertisement, which was released on Wednesday, that “the need for high-quality military talent becomes more imperative day by day.”
“The navy’s mission and responsibilities are constantly growing. The navy’s strategic transformation is happening faster than before.
According to the advertisement, applicants must be male with a clear “political history” and no criminal or disciplinary records.
Three to four years of flying instruction and aviation theory will be required for certification. Successful candidates will receive government-provided accommodation as well as free health care for themselves and their immediate families.
The Fujian, China’s third but first home-built aircraft carrier, is almost ready for sea trials, a crucial stage before the vessel enters operational service.
By 2035, China wants to have upgraded its military capabilities.