Japan to recruit female pilots for fighter jets for the first time ever

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The Defense Ministry plans to recruit female pilots for Self-Defense Forces fighter jets for the first time ever, officials said Wednesday.

The ministry is expected to cement the plan officially as early as later this week, the officials said.

The move is part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policy of encouraging women to play more active roles in Japan.

Under the initiative, successful candidates are expected to become fighter pilots after receiving training for three years.

The ministry is considering assigning female pilots to the Air SDF’s F-15 and F-4 fighter jets.

Until now, some female ASDF officers have worked as pilots of transportation and rescue aircraft. The ASDF has not previously assigned female pilots to fighter jets, due chiefly to the physical demands of gravitational forces.


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