Army bri­gade does away with stunts

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

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)

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