The “silent formation” on the military training field
CHONGQING (CQNEWS) -- On the green lawn of this military training field, you can’t hear any word of command, but only see the upright military posture and orderly march of freshmen.
The "silent formation" on the military training field for new students at Chongqing Normal University is astonishing and heart-warming.
The “silent formation” consists of freshmen with hearing impairment in the school of special education. As they can't hear the commands and music, it's extremely inconvenient for them to go through military training.
To facilitate communication between instructors and hearing-impaired freshmen, the school has offered a sign language interpreter for this formation. Their firm eyes are locked on the gestures of the volunteer.
The volunteering interpreter Shen Hui (right) is a junior at Chongqing Normal University. She joined the sign language interpretation team of the school in her freshman year. She excels in sign language interpretation and gets along well with the hearing-impaired freshmen.
Chongqing Normal University has offered sign language interpretation services for freshmen with hearing impairment in military training for 15 years. Every new student with a hearing impairment can enjoy the considerate service.
In Shen's view, it shows the university's care and love for hearing-impaired freshmen, which is crucial for them to start their university life smoothly.
“Dress, squat down, turn left, turn right...” Even the simplest instructions are challenging to the silent formation. Freshmen, instructors, and sign language interpreters need to work together again and again to get good teamwork.
The silent formations are different from ordinary formations. The sign language interpreter needs some time to react to and translate the words of command of the instructor, and perform one-on-one posture correction in a timely manner to ensure an orderly team.
The scorching sun and the intensive training are a test of physical strength and endurance for everyone. The volunteering interpreter has to stay focused and react quickly to accurately convey the instructor's words of command.
To ensure that every hearing-impaired new student can see her gestures clearly, the interpreter needs to move around all the time and raise her hands high. After a training session finishes, sweat breaks out all over her body.
Dressed in camouflage uniforms and wearing camouflage hats, they receive military training in concentration. This silent formation has gone viral online and some netizens commented, “It’s silent but astonishing! A gesture is better than a thousand words!” (Translated by Yuki, Fathom Language Limited)