Royal Thai Airforce Starts Accepting Women Pilots
RTAF has allotted five positions for women this year and plans to maintain this quota in 2017 and 2018.
BANGKOK – Eight women have so far applied for pilot positions with the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), which began accepting women pilots for the first time this year.
RTAF Commander ACM Treetod Sonjance revealed that the application process began last Monday. This marks the first time in the Air Force’s history that it is recruiting women pilots. The RTAF has allotted five positions for women this year and plans to maintain this quota in 2017 and 2018.
Each applicant is required to pass a series of tests and undergo medical and psychological examinations, as well as an interview before they are accepted.
Suwattana â€˜Maiâ€™ Chanthalert, 23, applies for one of five women pilot positions Monday at the Royal Thai Air Force in Bangkok.
One of the first women to apply was 23 year-oldÂ Suwattana â€œMaiâ€ Chanthalertis who is one step closer to realizing her dream of becoming a memberÂ of the Royal Thai Air Forceâ€™s pilot.
Thai news site Khaosod English
quoted her saying that with the air forceâ€™s decision to open its doors to female pilots, â€œnow men and women have equal potential.â€ She added that â€œit is not necessary to divide people by their gender.â€
Suwattana, who is from the Pattani province of southern Thailand, said her fatherâ€™s death during an insurgency attack in 2005 had inspired her to join the military. She found herself taking part in an air force youth program two years after the tragic loss and found herself fascinated by the aircraft featured at the air forceâ€™s museum.
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on Apr 25 2016. Filed under Regional News
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