PLA Navy launches 2019 pilot recruitment assessment

China Military Online
Huang Panyue
The file photo shows a carrier-based fighter jet takes off from the flight deck of the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning. (

NANJING, Jan. 16 (ChinaMil) -- The comprehensive assessment for the 2019 pilot recruitment of the PLA Navy kicked off recently in Nanjing, capital city of China's Jiangsu Province.

The assessment will be held in two phases in pre and post Spring Festival, from January to April, 2019. Five assessment stations are set up in five cities, namely Nanjing, capital of China’s eastern Jiangsu Province, Xi’an, capital of China’s central Shaanxi Province, Zhengzhou, capital of Henan Province in the central part of China, Weifang, a prefecture-level city in China’s central Shandong Province, and Beijing.

The five stations will be responsible for assessing in a comprehensive manner more than 4,500 candidates from 22 provinces (including municipalities and autonomous regions nationwide) who have passed preliminary tests.

The comprehensive assessment mainly includes physical examination, morality test and political assessment, and is a comprehensive, systematic and professional recruitment assessment and selection.

At present, the Chinese PLA Navy is shifting from “offshore waters” to “high seas” and its pace of transformation and construction is speeding up. With the accelerating pace of new aircraft being commissioned, the demand for naval pilots, especially carrier-borne aircraft pilots, is increasingly intense. As a result, the PLA Navy will beef up its numbers of enrollments as well as further take in high-quality recruits in 2019. This year’s comprehensive assessment will focus on the selection of ship-borne traits.

In addition to the regular recruitment test, candidates who meet the selection criteria for ship-borne pilots will also go through special assessment subjects including cervical spine, vestibular function, corneal topography, stereopsis and contrast sensitivity testing, etc.

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