Mmegi Online :: First women pilots get their wings
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First women pilots get their wings

MOLEPOLOLE: Five women in the armed forces joined their male counterparts in the skies for the first time in the history of Botswana.
By Staff Writer Sun 18 Nov 2018, 23:34 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: First women pilots get their wings








With four of them drawn from the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) and one being a member of the Botswana Police Service (BPS) Airwing, they officially joined their male counterparts in the skies yesterday. 

In total, 12 soldiers and three police officers graduated from Thebephatshwa Airbase, which is located 40 kilometres north west of Molepolole after 18 months of rigorous training. "This occasion marks a big milestone in the history of our nation, as this graduating class includes the first batch of women pilots in the history of the BDF.
This will go a long way towards the realisation of women empowerment in the work place in general and the uniformed forces in particular.

"This graduating class also includes three officers from Botswana Police Service, one of whom is female. This is a great achievement for the BDF and the Botswana Police," said BDF Commander Lieutenant General Tebogo Masire. He urged the graduates

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to prioritise military work over mere piloting saying the latter career is for facilitating their military work.

"You are a military officer who happen to be pilots or law enforcement officers who happen to be pilots.  Flying is just a means of carrying out your warrior profession," he said.

The Commander expressed concern at the conduct of some soldiers who are pilots, whom he said resist other military work under the false assumption that they only do piloting.  The graduates were also urged to keep healthy all the time and avoid drinking and driving, as well as drinking and flying. Masire further urged them to strive to upgrade their flying skills because flying is an ever-changing field which needs one to be up to date with new developments.

He revealed that government has spent P20 million on their training and that they will be entrusted with very expensive aircraft by the nation.

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