Army brigade does away with stunts
An elite force of the People’s Liberation Army recently abolished its iconic stunts including smashing bricks over soldiers’ heads and breaking wooden clubs on their backs.
The brigade from the Beijing Military Command has received a host of honors for its well-known stunts. The brigade’s commanders have concluded that such performances do not improve soldiers’ combat capabilities, according to a report by the PLA Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese military.
Zhang said commanders have decided that training must focus on combat-related operations. They have removed more than 10 stunts from the brigade’s training routine, even though some officers and soldiers oppose the move and regard the stunts as “time-honored traditions”. (Photo 3)