This year, for the first time, China has recruited female soldiers from universities and colleges. A local military recruitment official in Jiangsu said, "The female soldiers will mostly be working for communication, health care and entertainment such as dancing and playing musical instruments."
Thousands of female soldiers will be recruited especially for the upcoming World Expo next year where they will work as guides and security guards.
In Jiangsu, more than 2,000 applicants registered in the provincial military recruitment office during the first three days, while 13 city-level recruitment offices in the province received an average of 500 each.
The grim civilian job hunting scene was also cited as a reason for them to apply to become soldiers. In addition, college graduates are entitled to a string of privileges after serving two years in the army.
The People’s Liberation Army has previously relied mostly on high school graduates and the unemployed.
China View reported that Xu Zuolin, a professor with the National University of Defense Technology, said that the fast development of military technologies required more knowledgeable soldiers. He said, "Battles in modern societies are technology and information battles."