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Female Soldier Honored

"The role of females in the ROK Army is undergoing radical changes," said Nam Myong-hee, the first female soldier to finish basic training during a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the National Female Army.

The 55-year-old reserve officer made this remark during a ceremony honoring her contributions to the development of the women soldiers's life. She also lauded the Korean National Defense Ministry for its modernization efforts.

The Army staff awarded Nam with a plaque of gratitude.

Nam played an important role in tearing down stereotypes about female soldiers.

One stereotype Nam helped dispell was the notion that women are weaker than men, making them less desirable as soldiers. In a Ranger commando force, First Class Sergeant Nam and seven other soldiers volunteered to endure four weeks of intensive Spartan-like training.

She urged lower-ranking solders to "imitate the strong will of the senior officers, always."

After serving in the Army, Nam became enamored with skydiving. She is now the Vice president of a skydiving association, and has done her part helping promote the outdoor activity.

Nam is one of the judges for the November Oceania Skydiving competition.
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