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Taiwanese cadet wills her way to success at U.S. Naval Academy

Taiwanese cadet wills her way to success at U.S. Naval Academy

Washington, May 12 (CNA) Despite the relapse of an old injury, Hu Chia-lin (???) from Taiwan's naval academy was able to complete a series of grueling tests, called sea trials, at the U.S. Naval Academy on Tuesday thanks to her steely will and the encouragement of other cadets. The completion of the 14-hour sea trials represents the rite of passage for first year cadets and tests their mental strength and toughness. Hu, the only female from Taiwan's armed forces to study at a U.S. military academy on government scholarship last year, began the tests at 3 a.m. She said she was a bit frustrated by the relapse of an injury to her right knee in the middle of the drills, but she insisted on finishing after undergoing the necessary examinations. Though the injury did cause her some anxiety, Hu said she was greatly encouraged by the cheering of her fellow plebes and upperclassmen, which she said typified the biggest difference in culture she has experienced in her one year in the United States. The petite cadet said the academy's training was rigorous and set standards for men and women that were not that far apart, but upperclassmen and teachers provided them with a lot of encouragement along the way. Hu said she has emerged stronger physically and mentally after one year at the school. Hu's elder sister, Hu Chia-yu (???), also received a government scholarship to study in the U.S. and attended The Citadel, a military college in South Carolina. The duo were the first sisters in Taiwan's military to study in the U.S. on government scholarships. (By Rita Cheng and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-24 04:07 GMT+08:00